The Family Fang Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Kevin Wilson …
It seems unimaginable that a film centered around the desperate search for missing children could be so mind-numbingly boring, but Strangerland makes it look easy. A splendid cast, led by Nicole Kidman, is wasted on movie-of-the-week melodrama with so little forward momentum that it challenges the principles of Newton’s Second Law. Director Kim Farrant gives us a film that looks and sounds terrific, but none of her skill can hide what a complete mess it is.
Paddington is a 21st century take on an icon of children’s literature that never feels constrained by its source material despite its closeness in spirit. In its playful craft, wit for all ages, fully realised human leads, and actual engagement with important, timely themes in a manner free of heavy-handedness, King and company have created what one hopes will become a future family film classic.
“This remarkably affecting film is a powerful work that delves deeply into often unspoken and unconventional recesses of faith and love. Its themes are profound, its performances staggering throughout, and its visual palette and filmic technique are replete with saturated hues, vigorous camera work, and an unabashed intimacy.”