I’ve seen a few movies since last summer, so I figured I would do a quick movie review column. As always, the grades are explained by this post.
This movie did not disappoint. I don’t want to give away too much because the movie is still gaining momentum, but it was great insomuch as it is basically a big puzzle that you have to work to solve, and that is fun as hell to debate with friends after the fact. The group of 6 of us debated the movie for like 2 hours at a bar after our showing, and I think all of us are planning on going back to see it again. Really, it shouldn’t even be an issue—go see this movie.
The Last Airbender: D-
I walked out of the theater and told my buddy Chris, “Wow, looks like M. Night forgot how to direct a movie.” I’ve heard from people that love the animated series that this was based on, but this was a big fat turd. Just too much exposition of stupid shit that didn’t matter, and it was weird how the story didn’t flow at all. Characters do things for seemingly no reason at all, and the whole controlling the elements thing seemed odd. I mean, of course the fire people are going to control everything. Just bad acting, bad dialogue, bad directing, and bad story. Other than that, though, it was okay.
I Love You, Man: B+
You never really can go wrong with Jason Segal. He is a damned good writer, and Paul Rudd settles in nicely as the star of this one. The only real disconnect here is that it feels like the problem of not having enough close friends is generally one that happens more to girls than guys, but Rudd does a good job of selling it. It’s a good flick.
Get Him to the Greek: B
A solid comedy. You have to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall first to fully appreciate it (by the way, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a solid A-), but Russell Brand does well, and Jonah Hill doesn’t get in the way too much. Some of the situations are overly contrived, but I think it does well enough to stand on it own at the end of the day.
I recently got Netflix, and let me tell you, this streaming thing is pretty sweet. I tore through the sci-fi tv show Firefly in like a week, and this is the movie that ties up the loose ends from the series. I like the Firefly/Serenity universe because it is far more believable than the Star Trek universe, where this democratic Federation rules benevolently, there’s no money, etc. By the way, did you ever think about what would happen if the Federation offered a planet within its borders membership and it refused? I mean, they act like joining the Federation is the greatest fucking thing ever, like their shit doesn’t fucking stink. Well, in the Firefly/Serenity world, the class divide between rich and poor has widened, and a large, imperialistic “Alliance” has made it its mission to bring “peace and prosperity” to planets that would prefer to remain independent. The series is very well-written, and though the movie is a little bit worse, there is still enough there to make it worthwhile. I would recommend watching the series first, but apparently the movie stands up well on its own.
The King of Kong: C+
This is a documentary about Donkey Kong. Is that something that you might be interested in? It is, at its core, about jerky nerds and the extreme lengths that they go to to exclude others from their little club. It’s interesting because on some level, the point is that even though these people may have been excluded during high school or whatever, when they get the chance to exclude others, they are no better than the very people that they loathe. An interesting social commentary. Also, the monkey throws barrels, so that’s funny.
That’s it for now. I’ve got more movies to review, but this taste will have to be enough for now. Until next time…
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