Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

World of Blackout 77-Word Film Review

Zero Dark Thirty Poster

Zero Dark Thirty
Cert: 15 / 157 mins / Dir. Kathryn Bigelow

As a dramatised reconstruction, Zero Dark Thirty is incredibly tight. As a feature film, not so much. A great first act, and a fantastic third one are hamstrung by a mid section full of mumbled, overlong dialogue and too much detail. Maybe I want my films too simplified, but maybe I shouldn't have to know the entire story in depth before going in?

A technical masterpiece, not made for me.

Is the trailer representative of the film?

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?

And because you won't be happy until I've given it a score...

*1 There's a perfect moment for one in the final segment, but even I think that would be inappropriate.

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