Here’s a list of a few recent viewings I have gone through lately that I didn’t or didn’t want to review for whatever reason. Hopefully I can give a short review that may peak your interests to either watch or pass on a film you might have been considering. There can be a mix of newer/older movies with a few insights.
After reading about the plot to this film and then seeing its trailer I actually was happy to watch this with my wife. It looked good and had an interesting story of a huge Jane Austin fan that gets to live her dream of living out one of the famous authors stories. Even though Keri Russell and JJ Field give really good performances, the movie was a complete and utter let down. There were too many odd choices for characterization by the equally and normally great Bret McKenzie and Jennifer Coolige which were annoying and not at all funny. Odd plot choices that didn’t make sense or came about much too early than the usual romantic comedy formula make this a waste of a movie, which again, is lame because it is a really good idea. There’s also things that just happen in the story with no explanation, case in point, at the end of the movie it looks like all the actors are hooking up together at the closing ceremony and we’re not told why because there is no hint of hooking up throughout any previous scene. Another odd thing about the film is we got it on demand and it said it was rated R, with nary a swear word, violent scene or any hint of nudity. I would strongly suggest skipping this one if you were thinking about seeing it, you will be disappointed. 1 and ½ stars out of 4
Knights of Badassdom
I saw a trailer for this one over a year ago and was looking forward to it and it never came out. A few months ago there was an update saying that it would be brought to On Demand networks and I picked up that excitement again. My wife and I watched it the other night and, while it did have some good laugh out loud moments, I was left a little disappointed. The story of a group of Larpers (Live Action Role Playing) who accidently call into the earth a succubus from hell seemed like a good idea and a great movie trailer, it just didn’t live up to the potential. The cast is great with Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage and Jimmi Simpson bringing the big laughs as well as more of the well-rounded characters, but the story didn’t flow like it should have. This could have been a really great movie; instead it’s just passable as a time waster. 2 stars out of 4
I’m not sure why it took me so long to watch this film, but I finally did and it was beyond interesting. I remember hearing that this was one of those films during that decade where it showed the tortured Vietnam vet coming back into the world and struggling. How do these people see that? The main character mentions once that he was in the war and it doesn’t seem to have given him any lasting damage that says “anti-war” film. Instead, you are seeing a loner not sure how to interact with people and while watching that I got that it he was like this before and after the war. That was the character, always like that. Beyond that it is a great actor’s film, De Niro is phenomenal of course but there was one really great scene where Scorsese of all people does a great job of creeping you out. It’s definitely not a movie for everyone, only for those true Scorsese fans or ones that love the character study type movie. 2 and ½ stars out of 4