You would assume, considering the obvious typecasting of Nicholson and… MoreYou would assume, considering the obvious typecasting of Nicholson and Sandler as two angry guys, that here is a comic gold mine waiting to be plummed. No such luck. While Nicholson and Tomei endeavor mightily to deadlift this carcass they are given nothing really to grab ahold of to work it. And Sandler (however much he has been laughing all the way to the bank and at America's expense) lays another turd.
All the elements are here, but no one much gives a damn in this… MoreAll the elements are here, but no one much gives a damn in this sorcery and swords offering set in the Middle Ages. Is it the writing? The directing? You be the judge. The actors, lead by Bridges and Moore, seem to be trying to infuse something, some life, into this, but it just doesn't take off is all.
Imagine James Bond, license to kill, gone to work for the bad guys, as… MoreImagine James Bond, license to kill, gone to work for the bad guys, as Brosnan plays an deadly assassin chasing a U.S. government employee (Jovovich, simply a damsel in distress in this piece) all over London. The flaw in the work is that he's got to miss her, and miss her over and over again, for there to be any film to watch at all. Nobody's perfect. Let that little imperfection slide and its still a decent action piece.
One of the slew of Hollywood movies celebrating all things Irish, this… MoreOne of the slew of Hollywood movies celebrating all things Irish, this one's also got a chestnut about "do you wanna work for The Man or for yourself?" added. There are touches of the old TV show Bewitched in places but movie fans will love seeing where James Cameron lifted the whole below decks sequences (dancing with the poor but happy lower classes), lifted near the whole thing. The stars have not only their usual chemistry, but done with an Irish brogue as well. S'okay.
Like Trix, this is strictly for kids despite the BBC's imput on the… MoreLike Trix, this is strictly for kids despite the BBC's imput on the production's credit. Some dinosaurs living out their existence in essence, migrating here and back again, with the characterizations humanized for your kids palate, i.e. lots of poopy jokes. Great if you need some nap time though.
Stilted offering that's opener is that we accept Gibson's lunatic… MoreStilted offering that's opener is that we accept Gibson's lunatic fringe wackjob taxicab driver 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. I'm not a big Julia Roberts fan, but Gibson was so offensive that for once I sympathized with her, particularly when while he was in the middle of a loony rampage and 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 the overplayed lunacy and comes off doing a superior sinister indeed. Imagine a root canal ... that's what watching this is like.
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 quick little gem about a cheap but warmhearted lawyer (its a fantasy) acting mean and lowdown cause people seem to like lawyers that way. 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.
Standard police vs. the bad guys shoot-em-up with the hook being that… MoreStandard police vs. the bad guys shoot-em-up with the hook being that there's a hella lot of skydiving driving the piece. That's pretty cool, too, lots of action off the ground, and way off the ground. Still 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 who was dropping out of the sky. If straight action is for you, then you could do worst than this.
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.