Been awhile since I’ve done some movie reviews! I’ve seen several films recently and here are some of the highlights:
I won this from Scribner (along with the book it’s based one) in a Twitter giveaway. Anything with Tom Hardy I will watch which is pretty much all I knew going in. Shia LaBeouf also stars and I’m not a fan, but sometimes you just gotta suck it up. Anyway, great flick. It’s about a moonshining family in Virginia during Prohibition. Lots of action, suspense, and some superb acting. Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, and Jessica Chastain all shine here and the story is based on a real life family! Definitely recommend.
Jack Reacher (Cinema)
I’ve never read the books so can’t compare, but the movie was a decent action flick. It does fall victim to some rather contrived dialogue and a definite cheese factor, but I expected that. I also think Tom Cruise is trying just a bit too hard to play Reacher which affected my viewing. On the plus side, there are some hilarious moments where you will laugh out loud and that made me happy. Don’t expect too much and wait for the DVD!
Les Mis (Cinema)
We went on Christmas Day since Jimmy is an obsessed fanboy. Earlier in 2012 we had seen the stage version (my first time – Jimmy’s third time) and have watched the anniversary show on television (yes, the one with the Jonas Brother). The film holds up well and was emotionally gutting. Even though I knew the story and what would happen, I still cried. Anne Hathaway was just outstanding. Hugh Jackman was a close second. Their performances are worth 3 hours of musical, I promise. Jimmy gave it two thumbs up.
The Hobbit (Cinema)
I’m a bit torn here. Having just read the book, I obviously had my issues with some of the changes although nothing to really detract my overall enjoyment. I just think things were over-exaggerated to add to both length and drama which were completely unnecessary. Still don’t believe three movies should have been made. The acting was great, the cinematography excellent, and the writing well done – just could have used some extra editing. I feel like the children’s story was lost for the sake of adult entertainment, but that makes more money.
Django Unchained (Cinema)
We went to see this last Friday night and I loved it. Some parts were hard to watch as the violence hit a little too close to reality, but I appreciated Tarantino sticking to the cold, hard, ugly truth of slavery. The language is also bothersome, but it should be. Django Unchained is not a rose-colored glasses view of slavery and wouldn’t it be far more insulting if it were? The acting was amazing by all involved. Christoph Waltz should be in every movie ever. Really enjoyed the script as well – only one single line of dialogue bothered me at the end, but what can you do? The score was excellent and almost felt like a character itself. Go see this!