Movie Reviews: Cowboys & Muggles & Geeks
Cowboys & Aliens: Perfect title encapsulating a dynamite concept, excellent cast working with a story that gives them a chance to, you know, act a little, but the filmmakers fail to really exploit the mashup. Why all this melee combat that’s not ultimately different from the Lord of the Rings movies or the god-awful Clash of the Titans remake? Where, for the love of Gary Cooper, is the scene where a lone cowboy hero and the last or best of the aliens faces off at opposite ends of deserted street? You got a brilliant idea, you gotta work it! Full Review.
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2: Part eight in a seven part series! While the previous installment was all boring setup and hand-wringing, this one’s all nailbiting conclusion … if you’re a well-versed Harry Potter fan who can keep all the details straight. While I can understand the filmmakers figuring there’s no point in accommodating “new viewers” eight films in, they also pretend there’s no such thing as a casual Harry Potter fan, rather than the diehards who do remember all those bit-character students whose arrival seems to somehow matter. Still, good enough fun for the Potter-neutral. Full Review.
Super 8: Not the film’s most slam-bang adventuring, but easily the most satisfying. There’s nothing wrong with this movie. Even the massive CGI train wreck, which is tonally, visually out of place with the rest of the film, is so spectacular, and over so quickly, that you can’t hold it against Abrams. Most of Abrams’ previous projects have had tremendous ambitions–multi-year TV series with convoluted mysteries and interrelationships, or the relaunch of a massively beloved sci-fi franchise. In such big projects, he’s had some great success, but always with a bit of failure. This film has much narrower ambitions, and he nails ‘em all magnificently. Full Review.
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