Standard police shoot-em-up with the feature being that there's a… MoreStandard police shoot-em-up with the feature being that there's a hella lot of skydiving driving the piece. That's pretty cool, too, lots of action off the ground. Way off the ground, but I wished for more time for the characters to develop relationships between each other so you could give a damn one way or the other. But if straight action is for you then, you could do worst than this.
Take the Jack Benny show, cut out all the fat, and waddaya got? Benny… MoreTake the Jack Benny show, cut out all the fat, and waddaya got? Benny and Rochester, sparring against and for each other, which brings us to this little gem. Unfortunately, the racial attitudes of those days very nearly overcook this duck, but the chemistry of the two leads manages to survive even that. Worth looking for.
Stilted offering that opener is that we accept Gibson lunatic fringe… MoreStilted offering that opener is that we accept Gibson lunatic fringe wackjob as a nice guy. Doesn't materialize. I found myself thinking instead that here was an example of the type of antics that got him railroaded out of the fast lane of Hollywood. Not a big Julia Roberts fan, but Gibson was so offensive that I, for once, sympathized with her, particularly when in the middle of a loon rampage she was called on to look at him with warmth. There are many scenes like that. Believability quotient: zero. I kept wondering when he was gonna get tasered. Patrick Stewart, the bad guy in these proceedings, plays against t he lunacy and comes off doing a superior sinister indeed. Imagine scheduling a tooth extraction ... that's what watching this is like.
Feeling in the mood for some cheeky Brit humor, all understated and… MoreFeeling in the mood for some cheeky Brit humor, all understated and smart and whatnot, then one will not do badly here. We take a tour of the galaxy, meet some strange lifeforms (very Star Wars bar scene), and struggle with the meaning of life (Monty Python territory, eh?). It's a fun outing, if a bit kinky and weird, but that's the Brits for you.
A fan of the original series, I was fully expecting Ritchie to sully… MoreA fan of the original series, I was fully expecting Ritchie to sully and besmirch those cherished childhood memories of cool spies in cool clothes with cool gadgets killing folks all over the place. I needn't have worried at all. Ritchie only uses the name of the old series to essentially get another buddy cop movie out there. You've seen it all before, yes, but he doesn't do too badly at it, the action set pieces reason enough to go to the theater. Elizabeth Debicki does a decent what-if-Audrey-Hepburn-had-done-a-James-Bond take, too.
Feeling like a little slice of real life, a gypsy dockworker saves a… MoreFeeling like a little slice of real life, a gypsy dockworker saves a suicidal prostitute, and then they save each other. There's some other pepper thrown in for spice but the game try for a cinema verite feel of the thing enthralls till the end for the most part. Gabin has most of the load thrown on him and he pretty much carries the thing, growling throughout, even when he smiles. Tommy Mitchell and Claude Rains deliver with their usual competent panache . Ida Lupino does relieved-not-to-kill-herself pretty good, too.
Nowadays nobody savvy wants a prize when you can simply get the money,… MoreNowadays nobody savvy wants a prize when you can simply get the money, but back in the day you had to settle for the promotion the companies were actually purchasing when they gave out "free" prizes. So it is that a typical American family wins a $24,000 contest WORTH OF PRIZES and the film becomes about how the just-getting-along clan deals with all of their newfound swag. Better than a cookie cutter comedy, penned by the parents of Nora and Delia Ephron no less, and comfortably helmed by Stewart and Hale, its an easy pass of your time. Interestingly Stewart cheats to win the prize initially and nada is said further about America's boy hero cutting corners.
A confident and cocky champion loses everything and must learn… MoreA confident and cocky champion loses everything and must learn humility to regain his standing and his family. No surprises. McAdams and Whittaker pretty hold the piece up though.
Being on the thick and slow side of the family tree I'm only now… MoreBeing on the thick and slow side of the family tree I'm only now beginning to see just how important money and status and class (and the desiring of all that) had to do with films around the time of the Great Depression. Duh. Here's one wherein the inherent dream addressed, surprise, surprise, is to marry into money. Young is a lowly working girl w/o even bus fare who gets a job as a serving wench for some bluebloods whose son takes a liking to her. Is she merely the fortune hunting wretch his family paints her as, or is she the real deal, and if she is does it matter because she's still from poverty? At least in this one the rich are not painted entirely as bores and cads. A Great Dane nearly steals the whole thing which kinda lets you know about the rest of the cast.