Lucy, the latest movie from incredibly prolific filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Léon: The Professional) is entirely built upon the false premise that we only use 10% of our brains. It is an annoyingly ubiquitous notion that we as a society have not been able to shake. Your enjoyment of Lucy will probably depend on your ability to suspend your disbelief regarding such fallacies. It would be very easy (too easy, in fact) to sit there and say “[blank] doesn’t work that way” throughout the film, but it wouldn’t be any fun.
With June over we are officially halfway through the year, months-wise at least. And since no one demanded it – here it is: my list of the best movies of 2014 so far.
Cerebral science fiction is all the rage these days. Movies like Her and Under the Skin have proven that sci-fi films don’t need huge budgets and set-pieces to be good (apparently having Scarlett Johannson on board doesn’t hurt either). Making a traditionally successful science fiction movie is another matter, however. Transcendence, the first directorial effort from frequent Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister, tries to shoot the gap between these two mindsets, and ultimately disappoints on both fronts.
Lego – much like EVERYTHING – is awesome. It is a toy that appeals to all genders and ages. Sophomore year of college I went in on one of the big expensive Lego sets with two of my friends. We spent the rest of the day putting that sucker together. It was a blast. I’m sure most anyone can relate. When an intellectual property comes with so much nostalgia it is normal to be worried that a film adaptation will be patronizing and money-grabbing. Luckily The Lego Movie manages to avoid all that, and to do it in style.