REVIEW | LOL
LOL is the most unintentionally funny film of the year. Written and directed by someone who is French but who can only capture the place like a stereotypical untraveled American, who probably did no research as to how young people use social media and who’s dialogue and interactions between characters are so unnatural that it suggests she has never even seen another human being before let alone spoke to them and had them speak back, this film feels like a bad school play written by a teacher trying to look hip and acted by kids who do not speak like the dialogue they have been given, aren’t smart enough to adlib and refuse to commit because there friends will think they’re dorks. Even when the dialogue isn’t being odd the film is, for example Demi Moore being in the bath with her too-old-to-be-bathing-with-her-mum daughter when Miley walks in, drops her towel and walks, completely nude, into the shower before having an argument with Demi about her having a Brazilian. I’m not, nor have or will I ever be a teenage girl but I’m certain that this is not a normal thing to happen.
Thing is that it really is terrible but hilariously so. In the same fashion that someone falling down a hole or a fat person falling over is funny, LOL is a car crash where only careers get hurt.
1 June 2012
A film so bad that, despite starring America’s sweetheart Miley Cyrus, it managed to make only £46k on its opening weekend across 105 theaters in the states. Cyrus plays a girl called Lola who’s name is shortened to Lol but LOL is also a relevant title because, as the trailer tells you, ‘her friends are just going with the flow; trying to love and laugh out loud.’ I live in London and yet there are only four cinemas in, and I’m being geographically generous here, central London showing this movie. You would almost certainly have to go out of your way to see this and you’d surely have to be affected to do so.
The Angel’s Share
I didn’t like this trailer to start with and after thirty odd views over the last few months at the cinema, I can barely summon the strength to go see it. As shown in the trailer, John Naughton of GQ describes it as ‘Scotland’s answer to The Full Monty’, and this trailer seems to suggest he might not be far off. For that reason I’m not willing to say it’ll be shit but it looks dreary as balls and I’m really bored of English films being so fucking grey.
I’m one of the few who finds the entire Alien series underwhelming and Prometheus does little to change my mind. Slow start, strong middle and an ending that never knows when enough is enough. Read my review here.
Snow White and the Huntsman
A beautifully shot film ruined by a mix of poor characterisation and, to a lesser extent, Kristen Stewart being Kristen Stewart. Read my review here.
My Pick: Can’t go too wrong or too right with either Snow White and the Huntsman or Prometheus