Sunday, May 29, 2016

All or Nothing (2002)

A British drama directed by Mike Leigh, starring Timothy Spall.
A family living in an apartment building has problems. The father is a lazy taxi driver, the son is lazy and morbidly obese and the daughter is a cleaner at a nursing home whose elderly co-worker is trying to get a date with. Their neighbors have problems as well.
This was basically a two hour treatise on human suffering. The plot went downhill the whole way and the characters degenerated into the tragic conclusion. It wasn't good enough to notice any visual style and the dialogue was barely audible. This is a common problem today: video with bad audio. I watch stuff and think "did they even look at the waveform for this?". Player audio normalization can only correct so much and the errors are so gigantic. Maybe that is my calling: audio technician for videos. My little thing to do that would make the world a better place. I had hoped for better, but such a problem cannot be ignored. Overall, this was bordering on painful to watch. According to the title, this family chose nothing and so did the sound technician. I rate it bad.

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