June 26th New Releases
Hard to review a movie like the Artist. It’s a modern silent film…..there, if you’re still reading, you’ll probably enjoy it, simply because you’re interested in stylistically inventive films. I will say that it captures the era in fantastic ways, and that, as a metaphor, the story makes a powerful commentary on changes in the way we take in modern entertainment. It’s hard not to see the protagonist as a man who “rages against the dying of the light” , so to speak, and the parallels with our own society, in which media has become a flavor of the month, are tangible.
Wrath of the Titans. I know, it bastardizes Greek Mythology to no end. It’s a vehicle for showing off special effects like 3-D. I should hate it. But I don’t. In fact, I quite enjoyed this tasty little bit of popcorn fantasy. It’s loud, gaudy, and topped with cheeze. I savored every bite.
Gone was a disappointment. The first 3/4 of the movie was pretty engaging, but then it kind of lost steam, and fizzled out a bit at the end. Genre fans should enjoy it, but I can see why it didn’t take off with a wide audience.
A Thousand Words is pretty standard Eddie Murphy. A lot of dialogue that seems to be speeded up, and his trademark Cheshire grin flashing at a thousand watts. Fans will enjoy it, and older kids too. I’m starting to wish he would swear more. I miss the Delirious-era Eddie.