There was a reviewer who I think nailed this movie on the head; "I… MoreThere was a reviewer who I think nailed this movie on the head; "I think I liked The Counselor?"
When I have too much time to think about it, the movie definitely fails to deliver on expectations from its stellar cast and actual reasonable plot. You have to pay close attention to some of the conversations, which I'm not against when watching a movie. It doesn't always have to be all action and brawn and violence. The thing is, with how wordy the dialogue is, Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy sort of forgot about giving the audience any resolution with who this movie is about. Michael Fassbender is excellent in most performances he gives, and I don't mind you never know his real name. He's always referred to as 'The Counselor'. However, without much background on him or any type of explanation other than money problems and greed forcing him to get into bed with the bad guys, I don't much understand his plight.
Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz had some nice scenes together, but Diaz didn't quite work for me as the conniving she-devil she turned out to be. Javier Bardem flashes his goofy smile with his goofy hair quite a bit and Brad Pitt yet again cameos his appearance with some well delivered lines with that Pitt mystique.
I think what's most disappointing is when you've finished watching, you think to yourself, damn this could have turned into a great cartel/drug/suspense thriller if only the characters were toned a little more and story given some depth instead of the philosophy spouting these characters seemed intent on doing.
Afternoon Delight is a 'day in the life' kind of story of a mother… MoreAfternoon Delight is a 'day in the life' kind of story of a mother played by Kathryn Hahn. She's typically known for her comedy, but like most successful comedic actors, they have an ability to be serious while still flashing a tinge of hilarity into their work to keep you honest. We've seen movies like "This is Forty" or that movie Will Ferrell was in or Tom Hanks was in when it was all about the male midlife crisis, but on a different take, we get to see the woman's crisis.
I enjoyed Hahn's character breaking out of the rut of her lifeless marriage with stripper (sex worker) Juno Temple. She was pretty excellent and may even deliver the best performance of the film even though it's Hahn's show. Josh Radnor gives a performance as a cooler Ted from HIMYM, but I'm still not convinced he has any greater acting ability with any dimension.
The few holes I was left thinking about afterwards happened to be with the immediate relationship nix of Temple and Hahn's character near the end of the film. I thought it would get more attention considering the Hahn's character evolves purely through Temple's, but then the film redirects on goes back to the marriage. There's plenty of material to make you think the marriage is slowly wilting, but only on the outside. I wasn't as interested in that as I was in Temple and Hahn being on screen together and stealing the show.
From the start you think, wow, a low budget LARPer movie involving a… MoreFrom the start you think, wow, a low budget LARPer movie involving a cast only diehards could love. You're probably exactly right. This kind of film is very niche. Not many outside the realm of D&D and LARPing and silly humor will really enjoy Knights of Badassdom to its fullest extent. Unfortunately, this was a film that was supposed to come out almost 2 years ago and due to financial trouble and final cut rights between studio and director, it was shelved. Kwanten, Zahn, Dinklage, and Glau really are a great team. The film moves a little faster than I would have liked. If you compare it to Role Models, this film goes deeper into the LARPing. Whereas Role Models was a quest for redemption of person, this is about getting over an ex. It was funny. It had some silly moments you can laugh at. The effects and costumes won't blow you away and are mostly silly, and the final act gets a little silly, but I thought it was all a nice blend of weirdness to throw at you for 90 minutes.
Took me a while, but finally with a bit of extra time tucked under my… MoreTook me a while, but finally with a bit of extra time tucked under my belt I gave the much maligned "The Lone Ranger" a try. Armie Hammer is nowhere near the level of Johnny Depp's oddity and strangeness. Not that Hammer or Depp are bad actors, but there was next to zero chemistry between the two unlike what we saw between Orlando Bloom and Depp in 'Pirates'.
I can see what everyone was upset about with Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer teaming to bring us another franchise like they did with the slowly eroding 'Pirates'. Over blaring action, unnecessary plot devices to trigger events and a disappointing script even for Disney standards, 'Ranger' makes itself a joke because of the attempt to be more than a joke. The best part of this film is when the theme song hits of the Lone Ranger during the train "battle". The campiness of the whole scene is what the whole film should have been about.
A few quick hits...Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner are always believable baddies, but I was hoping for more of a mustache twirling, monocle wearing baron to go along with the Disney style. Helena Bonham Carter was a waste and Ruth Wilson offered nothing as the damsel in distress.
We should enjoy the characters Depp throws himself into. Definitely one of the oddest actors of our time, but still one of the top in the business. It's too bad some of these roles he's choosing don't have the support team behind him to follow through.
Went back and watched one of David O.. Russell's earlier films 'Three… MoreWent back and watched one of David O.. Russell's earlier films 'Three Kings'. Got exactly what I expected when it came to the dry and dark humor involved with serious topics. The film is a complete joke within itself, but Clooney, Wahlberg, Cube and Jonze do a great job as stereotypes. Considering the plot is pretty preposterous and out of sync with what actually was going on during Desert Storm, I wasn't so much interested in the final outcome of whether they got the gold or didn't as much as I was to the dialogue.
Because Russell chooses to focus a bit more on the comedy and such rather than formulating a sensible plot, it gets knocked a few points for being a tad out there.