Curi-Okay, answering to your Zodiac review far too late. But that five year lapse you had a problem with, it's more or less fixed in the Director's Cut. Fincher transitioned between years by cutting to a black screen while you hear different songs.
Anyway, I've been watching a bunch of stuff lately, given I'm almost in total freedom:
I liked it more in first viewing. I now see glaring technical problems with it, as well as Eimbcke trying too hard at times. Yes, I know the long pauses and cuts to black are like a trademark of him, but they feel unnecessary here. And I think that maybe too much is left to viewer's interpretation. Still a good flick, though.
An okay movie from a great book. Really, the novel is an anthology of sorts and this movie only covers the first and last stories. So instead of only titling it after the first story ("Low men in yellow coats") they opt to give it the entire name of the novel (and of the second short story) and try to make it make sense with a pretty um, ambiguous and pointliness of dialogue that's scrapped from one of the later passages of the book. It didn't quite work.
It's beautifully shot and Hopkins' performance is great, but unlike the book where you could see the relationships grow, the movie was lacking in that. When Bobby says "Ted opened my eyes to let the future in", what does that even mean? In the book, it's more than clear, in the movie it doesn't make sense. Enough of the story makes its way to make sense and to show the quality of it, but none of King's knack for relationships and detail comes through, making it fail as an adaptation and as a movie, it feels pointless ultimately.
You know it doesn't bode well for a flick when you've seen it recently and upon rewatching, you realize you don't remember a lot of it! Why? I guess there's too much of "Wonderland" that tries to play it close to the ground. Coriat's script and Winterbottom's direction try to keep it as real as possible, so for a while, we are pretty much left watching a bunch of normal, sad people leading their normal, sad lives. Thankfully, the story picks up and there is a lot about the movie that works. The performances are great, there are some fantastic, emotional scenes. The gritty cinematography is beautiful in spots. Unfortunately, the narrative never quite comes together, again, for realism sake, it seems.
So I was a little weary because I wasn't exactly having the geekasm everyone was talking about. I could blame it on the fact that I disliked the whole strategy behind building the franchise and the fact that most of the Marvel flicks haven't been up to snuff. So it seemed like The Avengers was going to be an entertaining but short of great. Well, as it went on, I found myself very impressed. Joss Whedon still has too much of a TV director in him, but his strength in understanding relationships comes through, as well as making some killer action sequences. He makes them very intense and even though you are watching superheroes, there is a weight to these scenes. Yes, it's fantasy violence but it feels real. A lot of hilarious scenes, a lot of poignant moments. Through and through, this movie works very well. Everyone gets their due. A great time at the movies.