This doesn't have the same feel as the other films based on Michael… MoreThis doesn't have the same feel as the other films based on Michael Lewis books. Instead of exploring statistics and numbers we get family drama that touches upon racial prejudice and class differences. Since I recently read Frank Capra's autobiography, it occurs to me that this movie is like the do-good, God-fearing, social-issue, sentimental Americana stories that Capra used to tell. It also includes football, Bullock with a tough Mississippi-Belle accent, and other fairly stereotypical characters. I can't say I always enjoyed the tale. It offers only pat answers.
I'm one of those few people who still went to see this on the big… MoreI'm one of those few people who still went to see this on the big screen in my local independent movie theater chain rather than sitting in the comfort of my own home and watching it on Netflix. Writer/director/producer/cinematographer Fukunaga tells this harrowing story excellently. Idris Elba as the Commandant and Abraham Attah as the young Agu may remind you of Fagin and Oliver Twist. In an unspecified African country with political corruption, guerilla warfare, and unclear lines drawn in this civil war, Agu searches for purpose, lost parental love, and that last ember of human decency.
I finally popped this into my VHS player in preparation for watching… MoreI finally popped this into my VHS player in preparation for watching The Wiz Live on TV recently. Joel Schumacher adapted the stage musical for the screen. And Sidney Lumet transferred the story to his beloved New York. Fantasy within a gritty city. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson put a good bit of enthusiasm into their roles. The musical numbers on the whole just don't grab hold. Richard Pryor was an awful casting choice for the humbug Wiz and glamorous Lena Horne gives a garish, campy performance that together make the ending fizzle.