You Were Never Really Here

Humans are, despite my own hopes to the contrary, an inherently violent race. There are some situations in which violence becomes inescapable – and when they occur, the common man usually turns to those willing to do violence on their behalf. You Were Never Really Here is an exploration of the life of one of those men, willing to do violence on behalf of others – for the right cause. 

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Phantom Thread

If Phantom Thread is to be Daniel Day Lewis’ last film, then the elegant portrayal of an obsessive 1950’s dressmaker is an almost perfect allegory for the actor. The film analyses Reynolds Woodcock, a famed fashion designer who creates garments for royalty, celebrities and high society. His fastidious attention to detail in his work spills over into his life, where all events are kept tightly strung into their proper place. In Reynolds, we see DDL perhaps showing a little of himself.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Alas apes, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted. All three of us have been busy – but we’re all back in action now to perform a cooperative analysis of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The film, directed again by James Gunn and starring all the usual favourites from the first, also features Kurt Russell in a leading role. This time around, the guardians are tasked with defending a planet belonging to the Sovereign, genetically-engineered golden superhumans. After that, the main plot revolves around Peter meeting his father, Ego. With that plot in mind, here are our thoughts…

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Elle makes for strange viewing. The UK trailer for the French film, directed by Dutchman Paul Verhoeven, made it seem like I was in for a tense revenge story featuring a middle-aged woman’s rampage. Instead, I was treated to a fantastic character study of a pragmatic, uneven woman’s life following a terrible event. Elle, French for ‘She’ or ‘Her’ is perhaps the most controversially brilliant portrayal of flawed morality and pragmatism I’ve ever witnessed.

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Let me preface this review by saying I’m not the biggest fan of superhero films. Aside from some of the X-men films and DC’s Batman trilogy, I can take or leave them. Logan, a film set in a timeline that may or may not follow on from the events of X-Men: Apocalypse (which was naff, really), is not just a good superhero film. It’s a fantastic piece of cinema. Fans of Naughty Dog’s game, The Last Of Us, will recognise the familiar theme of mentor and ward traversing through a bleak, gritty world, but Logan stands on its own as a grim character study of one of Marvel’s most enigmatic characters, The Wolverine.

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