Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Few Words About a Lot of Movies

It's that time again! Academy screeners were arriving before Christmas. Since I saw so many, I wanted to keep my reviews brief. Listed in the order of best to worst... but, the top four are all EXCELLENT!

True Grit: This is simply a Tour de Force. Great acting especially when you consider the lead character is played to perfection by unknown Hailee Steinfeld. The girl holds her own with the men in the movie.  She alone is reason enough to see it. But Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are all in fine form in a great story. My A+#1 favorite!

127 Hours: James Franco carries this film. He has to…there’re no other characters for the sequence where he’s pinned by a boulder in a mountain crevice, suspended by his arm. I was afraid of the blood and gore in this fact-based drama. It was bloody but I was more concerned that blood is slippery and what if he dropped his tool? It’s a nail biter and just fantastic!

The King’s Speech: A fascinating look at the royals during a time that history changed. We’ve heard the Wallis and Edward story many times. But this is the scandal from inside the family, revealing how it affected a shy, stuttering Prince, his wife and daughters. It’s also a wonderful and charming tale of friendship that lasted a lifetime. Funny, smart and sweet. Colin Firth is always spot on.

The Fighter: I don’t get the excitement of watching two men pummel each other to death but the real story here is a love story. Love of two brothers, love of family and the boy girl kind. They all love Wahlberg’s character but not necessarily each other. Reason to see it: Christain Bale gets so lost in the role of the brother, he’s completely unrecognizable.

Inception: I have no idea what this movie is about. When the package says, “You’ll want to watch it over and over again,” they mean “HAVE to watch it over and over.” If you enjoy movies that skip from one character’s dream sequence to another without giving you a road map, where you are never sure what is real or a dream but it all seems to work out in the end, spend your $10 bucks. Me? I wish I had two hours of my life back!

Black Swan: I’m stunned at the awards heaped on this piece of crap! I have to wonder if anyone in the Hollywood Foreign Press saw the same movie I did. I knew it would be about bitchy women vying for a lead ballerina position which brings with it bulimia and catfights. But was surprised that this was bloodier than 127 Hours and was about insane people slowly going…insaner? And would somebody buy Natalie Portman a new face? Even in the long shots where she’s supposed to be all pretty, all you focus on is her insecure pout. HATED IT! Save your dough and see something higher up this list!


Mango said...

The only one of those we have seen is Inception and, frankly, I thought it sucked. Just trying way too hard and depended on special effects to carry it over plot line and interesting characters. As for Black Swan, well, its in my DVD queue. Bitchy, anorexic ballarinas sounds right up my ally. Good chance to sit around eating whoopie pies and going tsk, tsk, tsk.

Mango Momma

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Black Swan may be on this weekend's list of possibilities. Dad is a go-to-the-movies-every Saturday kind of guy. Mom goes along and every once in a while she thinks the movie is a good one. She really enjoyed The King's Speech and thought The Fighter was decent. She is hoping to get the Dadster to True Grit too. She really liked Winter's Bones, awesome story.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Priscilla said...

Oh dear, I think I'm really outdated! I haven't seen anyone of them at all! Gosh!!! What have I been doing all the time?

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Mango and OP, Run!! Save yourselves from a BAD movie! See 127 Hours instead! It's uplifting and heart wrenching and has it's own MEANINGFUL dream sequences!

the booker man said...

awww, we liked inception at my house, but it was pretty insanely complicated!!

the booker man