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Jason Isaacs plays Mark Asprey in this adaptation of Martin Amis novel of the same name.

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Post by thunder » Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:16 pm

Unless they are trying to be ironic... I don't think they liked it. (TIFF review)

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/ ... s-20150915
Following along with the plot only serves to enrage, as you quickly realize that nothing and no one you see has any substantial or thematic purpose for existing other than the shock-value of their gaudy superficiality. Think of the film as a perfume ad for poison, directed by the deformed spawn of David Cronenberg and Kurt Vonnegut.
Ouch... :shock:

They found something positive:
With a few great lines of dialogue, and something of a self-deprecating tone (the film becomes its own best critic when Samson tells Nicola that she'll be perceived as a one-dimensional male fantasy in his book), "London Fields" may not be as disastrous as it immediately feels to be. Buried underneath the glop are interesting notions on reality, creation, and the nature of death. And thanks to its aesthetic, it's at least a very beautiful catastrophe.
Hoping it's one of those that gets polarized reviews...


EDIT:

This wasn't so negative as the first:
http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/lond ... 68.article
London Fields overflows with interesting ideas but they are frequently buried under lurid fantasy sequences, blunt-edged satire and the sense that it is much more amused by its own wild daring than we are.
EDIT x2:
Variety doesn't like it either:
http://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/lo ... 201594094/
Martin Amis' novel proves even more unadaptable than expected in this misbegotten mess starring Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton.
And a last one for to night...
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/se ... -treatment
London, even the nightmarish incarnation Amis imagined, feels a long way off. The canny location scouting (Pope’s Road in Brixton, the stone dinosaurs of Crystal Palace park, the Emirates Air Line cable car) can’t make up for the lack of any sense of real meaning.

I think I can just as well go to bed now... :snore

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Post by Marie » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:43 pm

Ouch that first one was a doozy! Got to love your deformed spawn........

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Re: Reviews

Post by thunder » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:51 pm

Looks like they try to release it again. Another review that slaughters it... but the review mentions Jason, though, and doesn't say anythig bad about him. So that's good. I think it's probably not a bad thing that he doesn't have a big role in this. :roll:

The review starts like this:
The aggressively awful “London Fields” is, once again, proof that not every successful novel should become a movie.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/mo ... story.html Then it's pretty much downhill from there.

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Post by Marie » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:17 pm

Ouch, I don’t think i’ll Try to hard to see this one.

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Re: Reviews

Post by Helen8 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:34 am

Wow! The reviewer didn't hold any punches. He just beat it to death.

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