Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 12/3 and 12/10 issues

index*In this one-note adaptation of Macbeth, director Justin Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw strive to balance heavily stylized visuals with a heavily intimate tone. Mostly, it’s just heavy. There’s a lot to like on a conceptual level, but the execution is monotonous, like Zack Snyder without the comic book zeal.

*A clever but clunky riff on the Mary Shelley classic, Victor Frankenstein possesses an ambition far beyond its range.

*After an excellent first half and an astonishing centerpiece fight sequence, Ryan Coogler’s Creed plummets into tired convention, proving just good enough to be disappointing.