Now You See Me
Directed by Louis Leterrier, 2013
John: There are three types of movies. 1) Thought-provoking ones that often end in an unexpected way to throw the meaning and significance of the theme on the shoulders of the viewer. Think Ingmar Bergman…Felini.
Spanky: We wouldn’t waste our time on these, right John? Continue reading
The Dark Knight, director, Christopher Nolan, 2008
HOOK: Toy action figure as Hamlet.
STORY: Sub-plots within sub-plots, an epic rivaling the presidential primaries in media hype—though John McCain is quite believable as Barak Obama’s butler, Alfred. Don’t worry there’s plenty of noise and Heath Ledger as terrorist is worth the price of admission. Batman should appeal to males who feel ineffectual, impoverished and lacking in personality and to women who fantasize about all men wanting them or their being rescued. Meanwhile it’s OK to torture prisoners, aggrandize politicians who are all image and assign those who want to do right to outlaw status.
John sees in The Onion (his source for news) that Maggie Gyllenhaal is replacing Katie Holmes in every movie, including ones she has already completed. Just think what awe-inspiring depth Gyllenhaal will bring to the soon to be released Mad Money.
JOHN: Christian Bale seems to think acting depth means staring off at the distance; meanwhile Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman provide credibility doing what they’ve done in every movie for the last 50 years. Ledger is as good as anyone can be adding nuance to a comic strip villain. And that’s my gripe, Nolan Brothers; you were brilliant with Memento why are you saddling yourself to a franchise that is so limited no matter how good or bad? Oh yeah. I forgot. Money!
GO GO (2 GOs out of four)
SPANKY: Hey, what happened to Robin? I hate it when they ignore the sidekick. Why is he back in the closet? Christopher Bale is like that one kid in high school Algebra class who paid attention. Just a little too serious. And Maggie Gyllenhaal is as sexy as dry dog food. I like the stuff about citizen surveillance and sanctioned torture. I hope you kids in the audience are paying attention. And people of Chicago, congratulations. You have finally out- gothamed Gotham. In summary, you can take the character out of a comic strip but you can’t take the comic strip out of a character. Too much trying to fit everything in, not enough real drama. Too much darkness pretending to be depth.
“TWO PAWS DOWN” (2 BARKs out of four)
KEEPER: “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
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