London Film Festival 2013 Diary: Day 2

Adore:

1 PosterA pair of childhood friends and neighbours Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright ) fall for each other’s sons Ian (Xavier Samuel) and Tom (James Frecheville).

Adore will go down as being one of the worst but hilariously awful films played at this years London Film Festival. It’s so bad it kinda has to be seen to believe. In fact, the first near 30 minutes actually plays out fine. But from then on it really does get progressively worse.

Lets talk about the only and minor positives. The film looks stunning, shot on 35mm Panavision of the gorgeous New South Wales beach line. And for what it is, the performances from Watts and Wright are passable. But that’s where we end because the rest is terrible.

Lets just have a quick hypothetical thought that this story has. If you found out that your best friend slept with your Mother (who has known her all his life), you wouldn’t go sleep with his Mother back.  In reality, you would probably kick the living life out of him. Not accept it and live like normal for over two years. The plot is just this dreadful and the dialogue is laughable. Audible sounds of laughter as well. There is no denying that Naomi Watts and Robin Wright look fantastic for their age but it just doesn’t make any sense here. Ben Mendelsohn has a small but memorable role, but he’s great in everything. It’s depressing to see Naomi Watts start 2013 with a deserved Oscar nominated performance in ‘The Impossible’ but has dramatically declined as the year’s gone on. Would be interesting how this film would’ve been received had the genders been reversed. *Insert so many MILF jokes here*

★☆☆☆☆

Teenage:

Film 2Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.

Teenage is an interesting kinda art-house documentary that is basically all archive footage starting from the 1900’s. The film focuses on youth from the USA, UK and Germany.

The way its constructed is almost like an art installations. The film chronicles nearly 50 years of history on children through adolescence and having their own identity. The rebellious nature of the teens also plays a huge impact, and how they hated their parents. Particularly during the two World War’s.

Teenage uses voice over work throughout which includes Jena Malone and Ben Whishaw to go with the rare archival footage. Bit hard to stay connected to though in the end because of its style but still worth it.

★★★☆☆

 

Computer Chess:

Film 3A 1980s-set mockumentary story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, the film transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs.

What an odd and strange beast Computer Chess was. I knew zero about this film before I went, hadn’t read anything or even watched the trailer. I had no expectations.

The retro look/feel is really neat with hilarious and unique characters with funny dialogue. As one guy keeps pointing in the film, its idiosyncratic and it truly is which makes up Computer Chess’ quirky and likeable charm. The film being 99% in black & white also .

You certainly won’t forget it but I feel like it would need a few more watches to fully appreciate whats actually happening.

★★★☆☆

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