Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Movie Reviews

Well, I ended up seeing a few movies this weekend and it's a good thing I didn't pay for all of them as they were mostly crap. Actually, this summer has been pretty crappy in general as far as movies are concerned. I probably average two movies a week, and there have only been a few this summer that I've actually thought were pretty good.

Anyway, first up was The Dukes of Hazzard. Now, it wasn't all crap, but it was about 75% crap. It was well shot, Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville were sufficiently likeable, and the car chases were pretty cool, but man, I was just bored throughout most of the movie. I guess there's only so much General Lee and Bo and Luke mugging I can take and add to that an awful performance by Burt Reynolds and well, I guess I was lucky I didn't just fall asleep. Or maybe that would've been better. As far as Jessica Simpson is concerned, well, I've never really been a fan, but I must say she's super-hot in this movie. Her character, Daisy Duke, was kind of lame, and had a supernatural power to appear whenever/wherever she was needed, but yeah, she was hot. See it when it comes to cable.

Next was Sky High with Kurt Russell. Yeah, I know, I deserve what I get for even going to see this movie, but actually, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The movie definitely didn't take itself too seriously, which really helped out, had some good special effects, a decent 80s soundtrack, and a storyline similar enough to the X-Men and New Mutants comics without screaming "rip off!" Overall, not a must see, but if you see it in the videostore and there's nothing else, pick it up for a rental.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the last movie I saw over the weekend, and was very disappointed as I had been looking forward to this one. Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors and he does what he can to keep us entertained, without stepping on Gene Wilder's wonderful performance from the original movie, but again, like with "Dukes" I became bored with the movie about halfway into it. Actually, the movie had me hooked right up until they entered Wonka's factory, then it was back to doing grocery lists and times tables in my head. I liked Charlie and his family, and the race to find the Golden Ticket was handled well, but then, just when you think the movie is going to explode with imagination and color, it just kind of sputters. Pretty much everything that goes on in the factory was done better in the original. From the Oompa Loompas, to the songs, to each of the children (except for Charlie), the original seemed to have more vision and fun. I liked the squirrels in this possibly more than the geese from the original. I liked Johnny (but even he didn't have much to do really, besides smile and walk around pointing at things). I think I dug two of the Danny Elfman songs, but other than those things, I can't remember much else to recommend. The characters didn't really react to their surroundings all that much, and even the parents seemed to be non-reactive whenever their children were in danger, which made me non-reactive as well. Meh. You can wait for this one to come to your local video rental store, but buy the original.


At 4:32 PM, John K said...

I think "meh" is my favorite movie review term ever!!


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