TTW is a much abridged and largely sanitised version of the novel. Henry is a librarian with a genetic disease that causes him to travel through time. He meets Claire when she’s really young and he’s already married to Future Claire. The time travelling concept is intriguing, but the acting isn’t great, and many exciting (and slightly risqué) aspects of the novel are completely removed. The novel’s Henry is more awesome and Claire less annoying, but the pacing of the film means all that (and the author’s many references to other novels and German poetry) is lost. Read the book.
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A mobster movie starring Captain Jack Sparrow, Dr Manhattan and Batman was always promising too much. Public Enemies is quite good, but with the promise of that cast I was expecting fantastic. Enemies tells the true story of mobster, John Dillinger (Depp) who likes to see himself as Champion of the Common Folk because this makes it easier for him to hit on attractive women and get cheered by press when arrested. Dramatic “shaky camera shots” increase tension whenever Dillinger leaps out of bed to elude the coppers, but that tension is sorely lacking for the rest of the film.
It seems to me no small irony that films targeting children often leave me emotionally drained. Up is no different. The movie’s first fifteen minutes tugged the heart-strings a plenty and followed that up with talking dogs, aging adventurers, giant birds and a whole lot of balloons. It’s not exactly a rollercoaster ride of ridiculous humour and there’s a clear moment when I felt it crossed the line of believability (yes, this movie had talking dogs and a house elevated by thousands of balloons and I still felt there was a line), but it is a sweet, funny, geriatric adventure.