YOUNG ADULT – I was wondering why this was playing TIFF Lightbox – the trailer really seemed to make this out to be a relatively generic high school nostalgia comedy. It turns out that it’s more a portrait of Mavis Gary (Theron) who seems to be in the middle of a nervous breakdown as the story progresses. What starts out appearing to be funny
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN – I never got into the Tintin stories. I only saw them en franšais at school and thought of them as an attempt to make us think learning french was fun! and exciting!
There are surely a ton of bits of Tintin nostalgia in the set dressing here for the big fans, but it worked well enough for me. Snowy was extremely well done, and I thought maybe I was imagining things when I heard what sounded like Snowy saying “I don’t know” in response to a question. Apparently Snowy talked in the comics; had I known I might have paid more attention to his grumblings.
It was a fun film, and thankfully there was no big uncanny valley – none of the characters seemed to be soul sucking monsters when they moved or emoted.
THE BOX – Well… I should have expected this. It started off as something of a pale impersonation of the Twilight Zone episode “Button, Button” without the ominous qualities of Mr. Steward or the ominous “someone you don’t know” line. The second half of the show just came unhinged as far as plot… questionable motivations, stupid actions, and unrealistic outcomes. It was dumb all the way down.