2007 has been the year of reckoning for several emerging filmmakers who made astonishing debuts in the last year or two.
I’ve been hearing good things about I Am Legend, especially from Ray Edison who calls it one of the best of the year. I was a big fan of Constantine so I’m glad to hear his sophomore effort is not the failure that Southland Tales and Mr. Magiorum’s Wonder Emporium by all accounts are. The summing description of Southland Tales is that “it’s an actual mishmash disguised as an intended mishmash”, but since Helm didn’t direct his script for Stranger than Fiction I supppose Mr. Magiorum could be classed a rookie failure.
Another vindication this year of a rookie virtuoso is Atonement. The first act is a perfect short film in and of itself whose action takes place within a few hours. Apparently the rest follows the structure of the novel as closely as No Country for Old Men does and is also very good — but it’s just impossible to live up to the urgency of the first 40 minutes.
Finally, I can’t wait to see how The Brothers Bloom turns out next year. I thought Brick had some ingenious bits so fingers crossed that he’s the real deal.
So my Great New Hope score card (based on reports except for Wright’s movie which I can vouch for personally) reads:
Exposed as the fraud he was in the first place:
Remains to be seen:
Anyone I’m missing?