Is it just me or is the talent this season really lacking? Yes, most of them can sing, but there's nothing that pops out of this group. By this time, the likes of Matthew Schuler, Melanie Martinez, Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, and Michelle Chamuel have already had breakout performances. This season, nada.
The Battle Round is finally done - yes, I don't review them for the most part - and The Knockout Round is here. I'm still not particularly fond of this stage of the competition as I feel like some of the pairings are a little unfair, but I digress. Tonight, there were a couple of great good performances, and one decision that's totally annoying.
Oh, and Taylor Swift was actually a good mentor no?
While The Judge was a smartly constructed and incredibly well-acted, the film's running time was utterly excessive that it almost felt like a lengthy trial in itself. I found the pacing decidedly slow, especially the first half, and it had too many meaningless distractions that it lost the story it had set up. The romantic subplot, in particular, was unnecessary and awkward. The screenplay could've been a lot better, to be honest, but the solid acting of the two leads buoyed this otherwise predictable courtroom drama. Robert Downey Jr. gave an excellently layered performance, and Robert Duvall was just brilliant with a fantastic sensibility to his performance. The supporting cast was a little underused, but I digress. Oh, and the cinematography was awesome. The Judge obviously wasn't perfect, but it's engaging, more complex than I expected, and nuanced. 7.5
This was by far the weakest episode of this season. Almost everyone delivered awful to boring performances. Sure, a couple of acts managed to pull off some good numbers, but I was ultimately disappointed as a whole. I guess, they all need to step it up next week no? Why do I have a funny feeling a shocker boot will happen tomorrow?
It's hard to know where to start with such a deliciously intense film. It's hard to say that Fury was "the best war movie ever" - since it all boils down to preference - but I'd rank this up as one of the greats as the film perfectly captured the raw brutality of war backed with an intriguing narrative, confronting but impressive battle sequences, and fantastic character nuances. The overall direction of David Ayer was masterful and educated, the cinematography was excellent, and that last act was immensely emotional and beautifully executed. The movie was mostly carried though by the impeccable cast. Brad Pitt had some terrific moments, but Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman stole the show. Both delivered some amazingly poignant take of their characters giving us the best performance of their careers. Fury was possibly one of the most gripping films I've seen this year. Gripping in the sense that it grabbed me and didn't let go. It did not manage to avoid a few cliches, but this was a totally powerful experience. 9
Eh. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was just a run of the mill fluff. The story itself was utterly predictable filled with cliches and
overplayed scenes. It was so paint-by-the numbers that literally, I
guessed every scene in my head. The direction, while competent, was uninspired. The script was marred by random moments that somehow undermined the marginal believability of
the story. Heck, even with a good cast, their genuine talent wasn't
enough to overcome some of the things they needed to do. The characters lacked depth, and the overall humor was bland. Sure, the movie was still watchable, but when the movie was played out, I was less than fulfilled. 4.5
Such a shame that I didn't get to cover X Factor Australia this year as I enjoyed doing it in Season 5, but here's a little gesture to correct that. Ha. Here's that obligatory wrap-up post for the season that was. I thought the finalists were mostly strong and there were a couple of people who really managed to deliver strong to fantastic performances throughout the season.
Again, this will be VERY subjective, but it's fun to take a look back at some of the best live performances of this season.