I went to cinema late yesterday and my choices were a Mark Wahlberg cops buddy drama or a Mark Wahlberg criminals buddy drama.
Ended up seeing Pain + Gain which was quite interesting to watch after the conversation in this thread, because Ben Serensin, the DoP used a whole heap of different cameras on this [by Hollywood standards $26M], low budget film. In the mix were Reds, film, Phantom, Anamorhic, Go Pros, 7Ds and others and it's a great looking film, though at times it's kind of obvious when a GoPro is being used. Despite how amazing Go-Pros are for the size, when cut with film there is a very noticeble difference. Most of the time the audience won't have time to realise as it's cut very quickly which hides these issues and is why they knew they could get away with it. But at one point a Go-Pro is used on car to catch some dialogue of the characters within and it's a relatively long take and it stands out as being quite different to rest of film - it actually looks like they forgot to grade that take. The reason I mention all this is that the Go-Pro shots also tended to look less cinematic and more Top Gear
- and as Go-Pros can shoot 24p, it was nothing to do with frame rate, but image sensor size/quality.
Cameras were apparently chosen simply for their size and what the scene required, not for any particular aesthetic reason and interestingly the film was not storyboarded, They usually just rocked up to a location and winged it, apart from a few more complex shots where there was CGI used and when it involved the set being built to facilitate it. Amazingly, they averaged 60 takes a day, which is simply astonishing and film doesn't appear rushed or 'low' budget.
As for the film itself, it's based on a really interesting true story, but the film strikes the wrong tone for me as it tries to make a quite serious drama into a jolly comedy and completely and utterly missed the mark. It feels a bit confused as to what kind of story it is telling as it changes half way through into a quite different film. Violent, vicious kidnappers and murderers do not usually make for a light hearted comedy, particularly when mixed with graphic gore. Particularly as it's telling the story of some quite horrific crimes which only happened fairly recently and the people who suffered and their families probably don't find it quite so funny.
Comedy and gore can be done well - Peter Jackson's 'Braindead' is a good very OTT example of that. Black Comedy about a murderous psychopath can also be done well as in 'Man Bites Dog', which is quite exceptional in how it addresses such a difficult area of film making, a very powerful film indeed.
I didn't know who the director was until the end credits and when Michael Bay's name rolled up, that explained a lot about the tone [and homophobia] as he's never going to be the Coen Brothers.