I can’t promise this will be a regular Friday tradition (because I simply don’t see enough movies to keep it going), but I’m back for a second round of “rapid fire” movie reviews. If you were watching the site last week, I discussed nine films in the previous story and this week I return to cover seven more! Let’s get this post moving and roll that wonderful film footage as there are some clear winners and losers for me here…
V for Vendetta
I finally got the chance (after all these years) to sit down and watch V for Vendetta for the very first time. I’ve always been a bit shy given how much I loved the original comic series. I can say, it didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed it quite a bit and felt the source material was a handled appropriately. Well played, very well played.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
It’s official. The BBC series Sherlock has ruined me for this film franchise. I can’t settle into the Robert Downey Jr version of the character without seeing it pale in comparison to Benedict Cumberbatch’s more modern take on Holmes. Having watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, it didn’t sit as well as the first film in terms of the franchise and left me wishing I had simply watched more of the television series instead. It’s too bad as I am traditionally a Downey Jr film fan.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Watching the American version of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I have to say that was quite an interesting little film. I enjoyed the interplay of mystery and the evolution of the leads quite a bit. Tough to watch at times, but overall quite the success in my eye.
Caught the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost written and starred film Paul recently. I appreciated the “in culture” humor and the piles of geek easter eggs but found the film fun, but not legendary. It was a nice way to spend a couple hours, but no Shaun of the Dead or Spaced level classic for me.
I have respect that they went a different path with Adam story-wise and I enjoyed the style and pace here quite a bit. This film was just the right mix of lighthearted tale I was looking when I caught it. I was especially pleased with the way in which it presented an individual approaching life with Asperger syndrome.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Caught It’s Kind of a Funny Story late one night. Think Breakfast Club meets One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest with a substance level skewing more toward the Club. Entertaining, but a bit more predictable in it’s resolution. It had it’s moments, but I think it was a bit unfair to watch it after Social Network (which I’ll discuss next).
The Social Network
Caught The Social Network for the first time recently. It’s an accomplishment to take an unlikable character and still engage the audience in the story. That’s a success for me. I enjoyed this one and found myself caught up in the way it was filmed and unraveled itself. Highly recommended!
Until next time… Cheers!