My friend John was in town this weekend, and we went to the movies. This time we saw Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pitch Perfect 2, The Age Of Adaline, and Hot Pursuit. We had two fairly good days at the theatre, and here are the reviews.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron – A good action flick. The plot was solid, the acting was good, and Robert Downey, Jr. was perfect again as Tony Stark/Iron Man. If you like comic book heroes, and if you like high-powered action films, you will probably enjoy this movie. 4*
Pitch Perfect 2 – This movie was not quite as funny as the previews suggested it would be, although Rebel Wilson was hilarious again as Fat Amy. I loved the interactions between the Bellas and the German group, Das Sound Machine. John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks were a perfect team in every way, and I loved their time on screen. Snoop Dogg played himself, and I really enjoyed his Christmas carol moment. It seemed to both of us that there was less singing in this film, but it was still a great movie. I’m deducting a star because there were two factors in the Bellas final performance that neither of us thought would have been accepted in an actual singing competition. 4*
The Age Of Adaline – This was a great feel-good film, for the most part. After a bizarre series of events that should have killed her, Adaline ceases to age. The film follows her through several solitary decades while she avoids commitment and watches her daughter grow old. Finally, she meets a man, Ellis, who steals her heart in spite of her attempts to deflect him, and that’s where what we both thought was an excellent film began to lose us. It turns out that Ellis is the son of Adaline’s long ago love who she abandoned in London because he was going to propose. (Not a spoiler – this was in the previews) So what are the odds that, forty years later, she will not only run into her former lover, but be dating his son? It’s definitely an “of all the gin joints” moment. But it gets even worse. See, I have this thing, a pet peeve. I don’t care how unrealistic a plot line is, I still expect it to follow the lines of logic and reality. I hate it when completely unbelievable situations are created just to ensure a pat, “happy” ending. For example, the Lord of the Rings trilogy could obviously never happen in real life. Which is fine – it’s a fantasy; and a damn good one. But am I the only person who thinks that for the Fellowship to get from point A to pint B, and toss the ring into the fires of Mt. Doom, while every evil creature in Middle Earth tries relentlessly to kill them and only loses one member is pretty far outside the realm of believability? You’ve read the books or seen the movies. Am I wrong? Logic and reality. Anyway, to say more about Adaline would be too much, but if you see the film you’ll know what I mean. If you do, I’d love to hear what you think. But aside from that, it’s a great film and I actually do recommend it. 4*
Hot Pursuit – I can’t say enough good things about this movie. The plot was good, the acting was superb, but the real star was the combination of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara as a by the book cop and the dead mobster’s wife she’s assigned to protect. These ladies were absolutely hilarious! This film was lighthearted frivolity from beginning to end, and it’s one that I will definitely get on DVD as soon as it’s available. An absolute 5*!
Mad Max: Fury Road – Um…no. Just…no. I was over this film before five minutes had passed, and when the ending credits began to roll, my opinion hadn’t changed. This is a car chase movie and…well, it’s a car chase movie. And if that’s the kind of thing that gets your motor running then you will no doubt love this movie. However, if you do care about frivolous incidentals like plot, and character development, Fury Road will probably disappoint you as much as it did us. I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many one-dimensional lead characters. Max has a dead wife and child that he was unable to save. And that’s pretty much the extent of what we learn about him. Charlize Theron takes on the female lead as Imperator Furiosa, but they tell us less about her than they do about him. Furiosa has taken a few female “Breeders” from a desert warlord named Immortan Joe, who wants them back. He musters his war boys and sends them out in a fleet of insanely modified vehicles with orders to run Furiosa down and bring the women back. We are given no back story on him, and no explanation as to why these women are so important to him. Maybe he’s just the kind of man who won’t allow anyone to take anything hat he considers his, but if so, we aren’t told that, either. Actually, we’re told next to nothing about any of it. Tom Hardy played the role of Max as well as he could, given the limitations of the role, but he just wasn’t given anything to work with. I loved the cars and the war boys, and I really loved the crashes and the explosions, but those things were not enough to offset the complete lack of any substance whatsoever. At least, not for us. 2*
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