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Righteous Kill is not the Godfather 2. It's not Heat either. To be
honest with you, it's not even a good movie. But I liked it. Why?
Because two of the most influential and greatest actors of all time are
side by side on the big screen
for more than 5 minutes. Robert De Niro
and Al Pacino. 14 Oscar Nominations. Masters of Method Acting. Kings of
the gangster movie genre. Yeah you could say they're washed up
nowadays. They're not as committed to roles as they have been in the
past, their emotional range is limited, and they'll take an easy
paycheck over a gritty indie in a heart-beat. But seeing those two on
screen together was not only nostalgic, it was entertaining. Sure the
storyline is a giant clusterf*#k, and there are more plot-holes than a
Michael Bay movie, but I just looked past all of that and enjoyed De
Niro and Pacino's undeniable chemistry on screen. Their characters were
believable, interesting, and definitely a far cry from what they played
in Analyze That and Gigli. That said, if any other actors played those
two roles, this could quite possibly be the worst movie of all time.
By the way, I wonder if Donnie Wahlberg's part in this movie was actually bigger before he decided to re-join the New Kids on the Block. It seemed like he was destined to play a bigger role, but I guess he had more important things to do like sell his soul (again.) Can you blame him? Who wouldn't die for the attention of middle aged cougars and the excellent company that Jordan Knight and Joey Macintyre must provide. But who am I kidding, I'd probably do the same. I bet Marky would give it all up in a flash to get back with the Funky Bunch, but I guess he's too busy starring in blockbusters and producing Entourage. His loss.
Best thing about this movie: 50 Cent. Such authentic casting. 50 cent as a drug dealing kingpin. So authentic. I heard 50 cent was shot 47 times. The guy is so authentic. (I hope the sarcasm was apparent.) Righteous Kill summed up in a sentence: A boringly predictable buddy-cop drama starring two legends who dig up old dirt while investigating a new serial killer who unfortunately doesn't end up killing 50 cent.
2 and a half easy pay cheques out of 5.
To be completely honest, I went into this movie expecting to thoroughly
trash it as soon as I walked out. I thought it was destined to be
another cheesy rom-com with a predictable ending and terrible acting. I
was wrong. Little did I know, this was another Judd Apatow produced
comedy, and almost everything he's touched over the past three years
has turned into pure gold, including "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Knocked
Up" and "Superbad". "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is no exception.
Jason Segal of "How I Met your Mother" fame, stars as a lovable but lazy music composer for a CSI-esque television drama. After his famous girlfriend (Kristen Bell) dumps him, he decides to take a vacation to Hawaii to deal with it. Little does he know, that his ex-girlfriend is travelling to the same resort as him with her new overly-flamboyant musician boyfriend in tow (Russell Brand.) Mila Kunis ("That 70's Show") plays a receptionist at the resort, and proves she can actually play a likable role. Kunis has great chemistry with Segal, and their budding relationship is surprisingly one of the highlights of the movie.
The script, which was also written by Segal, is consistently funny throughout, and really hones in on the hilarious one liners and awkward situational humor that seem to be the strength of most Apatow movies. Segal has definitely elevated himself into a solid comic lead. You can't help but feel bad for the guy as things gradually go from bad to worse for him. That said, Russell Brand, who plays eccentric musician Aldous Snow, steals every scene he's in. He plays a character in which the viewer is supposed to dislike, but it's virtually impossible. Everything he does, from his words, to his facial expressions, to his ridiculous body language, is hilarious.
Now I may only be high on this movie because I had exceptionally low expectations going in, but it's definitely a solid comedy from start to finish. With the exception of having to see Segal's junk at least six or seven times, it was a gem.
"I've abandoned my child! I've abandoned my child! I've abandoned my
boy!" Two days after watching Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be
Blood", I'm still finding myself replaying Daniel Day-Lewis bellowing
out the aforementioned lines over and over in my head. Day-Lewis is
absolutely riveting as a self-made oil tycoon in Anderson's gritty tale
of greed, hatred and madness.
I couldn't help but draw comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining" while watching this piece. From the terrifyingly unsettling score by Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood, to the prominent theme of extreme isolation, PTA may have officially established himself as the modern day Kubrick.
Day-Lewis is captivating in his portrayal of ruthless, greed obsessed oil tycoon Daniel Plainview. In Plainview you see subtle glimpses of Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs from "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and the disturbing intensity of Nicholson's Jack Torrance from "The Shining". The crescendo of madness seeps through the Plainview's facial expressions through each progressing scene, culminating in the destruction and breakdown of any sense of humanity he might have once had. Javier Bardem's performance this year in "No Country for Old Men" may go down as the most insane, unstable character since Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hannibal Lector in "The Silence of the Lambs", but Day-Lewis' Plainview is certainly the most despicable, uncompromising character of the year. WGA strike or not, the Academy should consider trimming the Best Actor nominations from the traditional five, down to just one. Day-Lewis' performance is remarkable and untouchable, and may very well be one of the greatest on-screen performances of all time.
The movie itself isn't as much plot driven as it is a character study, but that does not take away from the fact that Anderson's vision is near genius. Each shot is as delicate and intricate as the next, reminding us of the beautiful cinematography he achieved just over five year ago in "Punch Drunk Love." The movie's haunting score is both beautiful and strategic, leaving the viewer with an intense, unsettling feeling throughout. Even though Anderson usually works with ensemble pieces, he has proved yet again that he can bring the best out of almost any actor he works with. (Not that Daniel Day-Lewis needs to be any more brilliant than he already is.) Though the film is not flawless, what Anderson lacks in perfection he makes up for with a well-thought out vision, stunning camera technique, and brilliant performances all around, including Paul Dano as Eli and Paul Sunday.
"There Will Be Blood" may not end up getting the awards or critical recognition of movies like "Atonement", "No Country for Old Men" and "Juno", but I strongly believe that over the next few years it will develop the type of cult following that previous PTA movies like "Magnolia" and "Punch Drunk Love" have cultivated in the past.
Hurlyburly is undoubtedly an underrated movie. Although it tends to drag on and some of the dialogue is rather unnecessary, the acting of Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey especially, shine right through any faults that this movie might have. Chazz Palminteri, who usually pulls off some top caliber performances, didn't quite convince me in the part of Phil. Check this movie out, its well worth the watch. 8/10