As a Christmas gift, my bro got me a set of tickets to this. And while it’s not everything I had hoped, it’s still enormously entertaining and worth a glance, if you’ve got the time. I know RDJ is up for the Globe here, so keep your fingers crossed, eh? Globe nods two years in a row – that’s something to get excite d about. Anyway, here’s the quick and dirty review for your viewing pleasure:
Not outstanding, but very entertaining. An A++ for Mr. Downey, as per usual, for his slick yet conflicted Holmes. The action was actually pretty good… except when it wasn’t, of course. Perfect example: What should have been a creative, 4-minute tussle between our heroes and 3 baddies turned into (what felt like) a half-hour dissection of all the ways you can use a hammer and a ship. Still, the film benefits from a smart script (with a few exceptions) and an interesting plot you can’t fully predict. In essence: It’s *almost* there. *Almost* great. Hopefully, a sequel will give the creative boys and girls a chance to get it really right.
So Merry Christmas! I’m in the process of catching up on reviews, as you may have noticed from the “Frrrrrrresh!” section, so bear with me while I get my rear in gear.
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I finally got out to see this the other day. We were stuck at the bottom, left-hand corner looking up at the gi-freaking-normous screen watching gi-freaking-normous over-glorified battle bots slug it out. Yeah. So here follows the (decidedly tongue-in-cheek) review of the latest and greatest summer blockbuster.
I must say, I’m very taken with one British critic’s review: "It’s like be smashed over the head repeatedly with a very loud, expensive train set." Preeeeetty much sums it up. I wish I could be more favourable, I do. It’s just… [sigh] It seems like the entire plot serves the sole purpose of setting up the action sequences. And those moments that could have been funny and witty were delivered at a lightning-fast pace and given no weight at all. Oh, Shia. This is not a very good representation of what you can do. [nods pointedly to A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints] And Fox is there to look nice and take up space, as usual. The new additions to the cast were rather annoying, especially Rodriguez’s character
Nasty bits aside, the action is truly eye-popping and well-choreographed, if predictable and pointless. Sorry. Nastiness creeping in there again. That’s the problem – the nastiness seems to permeate through the film, leaving one to wonder what its soure might be… then, of course, the answer becomes clear. Bay. Michael Bay. No *wonder* the pacing is so lousy and the weight so unevenly distributed. It was directed and edited that way. So in short, if there is to be another Transformers movie in the future, the Paramount bigwigs better keep the Bay-nastiness well away from it if they want a positive review from *me*. [humph!] Not like they care – with such big box-office bucks, they’re bound to give everybody a nice bonus and sign them on for another Bay-driven schlumph-fest. [shakes head]
So there ya have it! One more gigantic, action-packed train set bites the dust. You feelin’ me? Disagree? Shout out below!
Well, this is the first of what I hope will be a feature on the blog – SEQUEL SMACKDOWN!
Many will agree that The Fugitive is one of the classic thrillers of the 90’s, but how does it stack up against its sequel, which features my much-loved Robert Downey, Jr.?
Nothing new or particularly noteworthy, but definitely a solid thriller. Ford and Jones *make* this movie, I might add. Not much else to say… there were some moments where I was glued to the screen, others where I was just, well, watching a movie. Worth having in your library.
Not too spectacular. It often felt like a scene-for-scene rehash of The Fugitive, borrowing extensively from the original’s plot. Jones manages to bring some level of depth, but almost everyone else is perfectly one-dimensional. I’d love to say that Downey, Jr. makes a good villain here, but…. meh. That freshness that usually pulls him through even the most unwieldy of scripts is completely missing. The stunt work is very cool and there’s some edge-of-your-seat moments, but nothing at the same calibre of The Fugitive.
2 1/2 STARS
So there you have it! As with so many poorly conceived sequels, The Fugitive leaves U.S. Marshals in the dust on almost every count. Except for RDJ. But that says a lot when even Robert couldn’t save this lacklustre sequel. Stay tuned for another SMACKDOWN coming soon!