As Andrew Warnes and I continue to tackle the best that 2016 had to offer us in film, we turn next to actors.
If you’re going to be watching the obligatory romantic comedy on Valentine’s Day, it might as well be a good one.
I don’t like Ocean’s Eleven. I also don’t tend to like heist movies in general. Why, do you ask? Because they tend to drive the audience towards rooting for criminals. Yet I sometimes have a dilemma, because I’m still fascinated by the intricacies of these kinds of heists. That may not be altogether good, but there is a middle ground. It’s called Catch Me If You Can.
I hate it when a trailer doesn’t really tell you what a movie’s about. The trailer for American Hustle is particularly bad about that. The IMDb description says “A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.” When you watch the trailer with that information, it looks like it could be a pretty good movie. It has a couple of caveats, though. It looks like Jennifer Lawrence is going to be portrayed in a very sexual manner. I really like her as an actress, so I’m afraid this movie might ruin my respect for her and her work. The second is that the rating advisory includes “pervasive language,” in addition to sexual content. It could be a very interesting movie, especially with these guys working for the FBI and getting caught in between the two worlds, not to mention the acting talent of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence; but it’s not going to be fit to see unedited.
Anytime a comedy is rated R, it’s generally not a good sign. The trailer has some funny moments interspersed (“You look pretty when you’re mad”), but it isn’t going to be worth it. The best example is when the main character dresses his young grandson up as a girl and has him perform as a stripper. The intention is for it to be comical, but it’s depraved, disturbing, and not something that anyone should want to see, much less pay to see. It’s a no-go.
What is The Counselor about? Your guess is as good as mine. The trailer was so obsessed with introducing the actors, violence, and sexuality that it forgot to tell me why I was supposed to care. According to IMDb, it’s about a lawyer who “finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.” In other words, it’s another movie in which we’re supposed to be rooting for criminals. It’s rated R for, among other things, strong sexuality. Avoid it like the plague.
This is a review I originally posted at lettherebemovies.wordpress.com.
“It’s Air Force One on water,” that’s what I said when I saw the trailer. It wasn’t a criticism, just an observation. I quickly discovered, however, that Captain Phillips was much, much more.
Because Tom hanks. That’s all the explanation you need, just because Tom Hanks.
I could end the review right there, but I won’t. Because I like writing about movies. So I feel the need to ramble a little bit more.