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The Intern

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 15, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Agreeing to participate in a community outreach program, e-commerce entrepreneur Jules Ostin hires a 70-year-old intern — who ends up bringing his special brand of business savvy to her fashion enterprise.

What people are saying:

“Interesting premise where the intern is a retired senior citizen. Originality basically stops there. This movie relied on its two stars. Hathaway is worthy, but DeNiro’s brilliance carries an otherwise mediocre film.” 2 stars

“Truly loved this movie! My wife couldn’t stop raving about it. I disagree about what some other reviewers commented on regarding the last “third” of the movie and it’s ending and I’m a hard judge on endings. I believe what happened in the last third added to the reality of the situation and the ending was quite appropriate. This is the “supreme” feel-good movie with some wonderful life-lessons. It was perhaps Anne Hathaway’s best piece of work. You will enjoy it immensely!” 5 stars

“Probably what I liked best from this movie was seeing Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway as the two lead characters here as I really like the both of them. Anne looked especially gorgeous in this one and did a great job as usual. De Niro is very likeable too. The supporting cast is fine enough, not really annoying except for one of the interns named Davis, but it didn’t really do anything to take away from this film. If anything maybe it’s just a tad too long, but overall it’s a good watch.” 3 stars

“I LOVE Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro so I was guessing this was going to be a pretty decent movie. I was wrong. I have no idea why this movie is getting high reviews from people. The story is about a widowed old guy failing at retirement and going back to work at a job. Does that sound appealing to you? He meets a beautiful female boss and has no romance or sexual tension with her. THAT is the story. They try to dress it up. But in the end the take-away message is “Don’t work things out with your spouse.” The worst movie I have seen in a long time.” 1 star

“it’s not the comedy that will make you laugh, it’s the comedy that will make you smile. Nancy Meyers makes movies for women, and this time for senior as well. There is no single story, more like fragments of people’s lives. Senior internship program of an e-commerce start-up founded by a young female already set the scene up for the drama and conflicts. Women can relate to this movie, especially women with a purpose. It was also nice to see the office scenes with a lot of open space, MacBooks, large windows, and the CEO bikes in the office.” 3 stars

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Nightcrawler

Posted in Movie Reviews, Thrillers/Mystery with tags , , , , on March 12, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Eager for any work that will make ends meet, Lou Bloom joins the flock of camera crews prowling the nighttime streets of Los Angeles in search of scandal and crime. But before long, Lou finds himself caught in the tabloid limelight.

What people are saying:

“A dark side look at the American dream. There’s always a movie about what it takes, and what is “takes”, to make it big, but writer/director Dan Gilroy implies something a bit different here. That maybe what it takes is to be sociopath, have no principles, moral or empathy and that maybe it rubs off a bit, because it is seductive and it is EVERYTHING and that’s how it spreads. Jake Gyllenhaal likened his character to a coyote and it really shows. Eye sockets dark and retreated, a lanking hunched over posture and an instinct for survival. No matter the cost. Also a great satire of TV news (spot-on, obvious, perfect). A character study, modern reflection, satire; single-minded and balanced.” 5 stars

“I suppose this movie is supposed to be a portrait of a disturbed person, as the Gyllenhaal character clearly is. I suppose this movie is supposed to be a comment on the sleaziness of TV news and the sleaziness of the American public that wants, nay, pretty much demands, to see the stuff the Gyllenhaal character shoots. Without any regard for how such footage is obtained or who might get hurt in the process. Personally, I find the Rene Russo character to be just as sick as Gyllenhaal’s. If these were indeed the purposes of the film, I think it succeeds brillliantly. There is probably just enough gore to keep the gore folks happy and for action fans the car-chase sequence will brighten up their day or night. So, on its own level, this movie is top-notch, I reckon. Personally though, I found watching this movie to be a very distasteful experience. Especially as the Gyllenhaal and Russo characters suffer no repercussions from their clearly illegal and immoral actions. And, in fact, are rewarded. Once again, I suppose though, their profiting by their repugnant actions is one point of the movie. One can only hope, watching a movie such as this, that one is maybe moved to try to be a little better than the society the movie is criticizing for watching this stuff. But I think of traffic jams caused, not by an accident, but on the lanes going the other way, as people have to slow down and gawk. Looking to see what, exactly, do you suppose?” 2 stars

“Nightcrawler made my skin crawl- in the best possible way. Jake Gyllenhaal lost like 50 lbs for this role. he said in an interview that he wanted to look “more coyote-like” and boy, does he! He has the bulging eyes, the scavenger tendencies, he lurks around the shadows or in the dead of night, he seems uncomfortable around other humans… I really liked Jake’s portrayal of Lou, he did a very convincing job playing a sociopath! and it was very uncomfortable to watch someone with such an inert, apathetic, and almost robotic person in motion… but man, did he play that well.” 4 stars

“Terrible movie, terrible ending and robotic acting. once you realize that jake gyllenhaal is playing a sociopath, you start to connect the dots real quick, spoiling the movie. Overall, i though this movie was extremely boring–it even made me angry at times. I’m very accepting when it comes to indie films, but this movie plot was just terrible, fantastic cinematographic execution, but just a plain boring plot.” 1 star

“Nightcrawler made my skin crawl- in the best possible way. Jake Gyllenhaal lost like 50 lbs for this role. he said in an interview that he wanted to look “more coyote-like” and boy, does he! He has the bulging eyes, the scavenger tendencies, he lurks around the shadows or in the dead of night, he seems uncomfortable around other humans… I really liked Jake’s portrayal of Lou, he did a very convincing job playing a sociopath! and it was very uncomfortable to watch someone with such an inert, apathetic, and almost robotic person in motion… but man, did he play that well.” 4 stars

Thor: The Dark World

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Eons ago, Bor, the father of Odin, clashes with the Dark Elf Malekith, who seeks to destroy the universe using a weapon known as the Aether. After conquering Malekith’s forces, including enhanced warriors called the Kursed, on their home world of Svartalfheim, Bor safeguards the Aether within a stone column. Unbeknownst to him, Malekith, his lieutenant Algrim, and a handful of Dark Elves escape into suspended animation.

In present-day Asgard, Loki stands imprisoned for his war crimes on Earth. Meanwhile, Thor, alongside warriors Fandral, Volstagg and Sif repel marauders on Vanaheim, home of their comrade Hogun; it is the final battle in a war to pacify the Nine Realms following the reconstruction of Bifröst, the “Rainbow Bridge” between realms, which had been destroyed two years earlier. In London, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster’s intern, Darcy Lewis, now with her own intern, Ian, takes Jane to an abandoned factory where objects have begun to disobey the laws of physics and disappear into thin air. Separating from the group, Jane is teleported to another world, where she is infected by the Aether.

The Asgardians learn that the Convergence, a rare alignment of the Nine Realms, is imminent; as the event approaches, portals linking the worlds appear at random. Heimdall alerts Thor of Jane’s recent disappearance, leading Thor to search for her. When she inadvertently releases an unearthly force, he takes her to Asgard. There, Asgardian healers say they do not know how to treat her. Odin, recognizing the Aether, warns Jane’s infection will kill her given enough time, and that the Aether’s return heralds a catastrophic prophecy.

Malekith, awakened by the Aether’s release, turns Algrim into a Kursed and attacks Asgard. During the battle, Malekith and Algrim search for Jane, knowing she contains the Aether. When they fail to capture her, they escape, killing Thor’s mother, Frigga. Despite Odin’s orders not to leave Asgard, Thor reluctantly teams up with Loki, who knows of a secret portal to Malekith’s world, where they will use Jane to lure and confront Malekith, away from Asgard. In return, Thor promises Loki that he can have his revenge on Malekith for killing their mother. With Volstagg and Sif stalling Asgardian soldiers and Fandral assisting their escape, Thor and Loki commandeer a Dark Elf spaceship and escape to Svartalfheim with Jane.

On Svartalfheim, Loki tricks Malekith into drawing the Aether out of Jane. However, Thor’s attempt to destroy the substance fails, and the Aether-empowered Malekith leaves with his ship as Loki appears to be fatally wounded while killing Algrim. Thor, cradling Loki in his arms, promises to tell their father of his sacrifice. Following Loki’s apparent death, Thor and Jane discover another portal in a nearby cave and reunite in London with Jane’s mentor Dr. Erik Selvig — who was briefly institutionalized due to the mental trauma he suffered during Loki’s attack on Earth — as well as with Darcy and Ian. They learn that Malekith plans to unleash the Aether to destroy the universe, and that he will do this in Greenwich, the center of the Convergence. Thor battles Malekith, but a portal separates them, leaving Malekith unopposed. Thor comes back in time to help his mortal comrades use their scientific equipment to transport Malekith to Svartalfheim, where he is killed before he can destroy the universe.

Thor returns to Asgard, where he declines Odin’s offer to take the throne and tells Odin of Loki’s sacrifice. As he leaves, Odin’s form transforms to that of a grinning Loki.

In a mid-credits scene, Volstagg and Sif visit the Collector and entrust the Aether to his care, commenting that, with the Tesseract already in Asgard, having two Infinity Stones so close together would be dangerous. As they leave, the Collector remarks, “One down, five to go.” In a post-credits scene, Jane and Thor reunite on Earth, while somewhere in London a frost monster from Jotunheim, accidentally transported to Earth during the final battle, continues to run amok.

REVIEW:

One thing that has come from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the increased attention to certain characters that weren’t known as well, such as Iron Man and the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man. Also, they have brought respect to characters that has become nothing but a joke, such as Thor (need I remind you of Adventures in Babysitting)? Thor: The Dark World brings the breakout star of the MCU into a darker tale, but an enjoyable one, nonetheless.

What is this about?

The God of Thunder strikes again as he fights to save the Nine Realms from mysterious villain Malekith, who plans to make the entire universe go dark. Meanwhile, Thor must find Jane Foster, who’s been targeted by the evil denizens of Svartalfheim.

What did I like?

Loki. Talk about a breakout star, if you look up that definition in the dictionary, you’re sure to find a picture of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. This summer, there was a clip of him at San Diego Comic-Con where he was hamming it up and the crowd was going wild. He obviously loves this character, but the time will come when audiences will grow weary of him. In preparation for this day, they kept Loki in the film, but pulled him back immensely.

Girls night out. Thor, and pretty much all of the MCU films, can be said to be guy’s films. With that in mind, one should notice that the women get a bit more focus here, particularly Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Renee Russo’s characters. I wish we could get a lot more of the beautiful Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, though. Perhaps in the third film, unless the rumors are true and she becomes Wonder Woman.

Portal. Once again, Marvel has outdone themselves with the climactic battle. This time, as a fellow amateur critic put it, they play a game of “Portal Kombat”, which is quite interesting and doesn’t get old. As a matter of fact, I found myself wishing it would go on for another 10-15 minutes, but they way Thor was getting beat up, I doubt that could have lasted.

Learn. It seems like everything that critics were complaining about in the first film, the filmmakers took notice of and fixed. For instance, the biggest complaint was that too much time was spent on Earth, but in this one about 75% of the film is spent on Asgard which is what we all wanted.

What didn’t I like?

Tease. Some of the characters from the last film that had small parts were supposed to have bigger parts, such as Heimdall. True, he does get a slightly increased roll, but other than one scene where he single-handedly brings down an alien ship. Other than that, he just has a few extra lines.

Pacing. I mistakenly listening to a review of this before watching the real thing and I wonder if that inadvertently brainwashed me because this review mentioned that the film slowed down without Loki. Indeed it does seems as if things go a little slower without him, especially when you consider how things pick up when he seems to lift the mood of things and give us some vintage Loki moments upon his release from prison, including allowing a quick cameo from a certain “Star-Spangled Man”.

Thor: The Dark World is darker than its predecessor, but still had laughs and fun to be had, something that couldn’t have been said about its fellow MCU entry this year, Iron Man 3. Now, the question is, does this stack up to its predecessor. Do the Dark Eleves work as a new threat? Should this be seen in theaters? Well, to answer those questions…yes, yes, and most likely. I wasn’t blown away by this, but I haven’t been blow away by anything this year, I still enjoyed it for what it is. I would most definitely check it out ASAP!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Major League

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Rachel Phelps, a former Las Vegas showgirl, has inherited the Cleveland Indians baseball team from her deceased husband. She wants to move the team to the warmer climate of Miami. In order to do this, she must reduce attendance at Municipal Stadium below a total of 800,000 ticket sales which will trigger an escape clause in the team’s lease with the city of Cleveland. After she moves the team, she would also be able to release all the current players and replace them with new ones. She instructs her new General Manager Charlie Donovan to hire the worst team possible from a list she has already prepared. The list includes veteran catcher Jake Taylor, who has problems with his knees, and was last playing in Mexico, incarcerated pitcher Rick Vaughn, the brash but speedy center fielder Willie “Mays” Hayes (who was not invited to camp), power hitting outfielder Pedro Cerrano, who practices voodoo to try to help him hit curve balls, veteran pitcher Eddie Harris, who lacks a strong throwing arm and is forced to doctor his pitches, and third baseman Roger Dorn, who is already under contract but is a high-priced prima donna. As manager, Phelps hires Lou Brown, a tire salesman who “has managed the Toledo Mud Hens for the last 30 years”.

Spring training in Tucson, Arizona reveals several problems with the newer players. Vaughn has an incredible fastball but lacks control. Hayes is able to run the bases quickly but hits only pop flies, and while Cerrano has tremendous power he cannot hit a curveball. The veterans have their own problems, as Dorn refuses to aggressively field ground balls, afraid that potential injuries will damage his upcoming contract negotiations. On the final day when Brown is to cut the team down to 25 players, Dorn plays a practical joke on Vaughn making him believe he was cut. After the team returns to Cleveland for their opening game, Taylor takes Vaughn and Hayes out to dinner but comes across his ex-girlfriend Lynn who is dining with her current beau. Taylor believes he can try to win her love again but is disappointed to hear that she is already engaged.

The Indians’ season starts off poorly with Vaughn’s initial pitching appearances ending in disaster, his wild pitches earning him the derogatory title “Wild Thing”. Brown discovers that Vaughn’s eyesight is poor and once Vaughn is given glasses he becomes very accurate and “Wild Thing” becomes Vaughn’s nickname, even using the song of the same name as his theme music on walks from the bullpen. The team begins winning and are able to bring their win-loss percentage to .400. Phelps realizes this is not bad enough to stall attendance and decides to remove luxuries the team has, such as replacing their airplane with a bus. However, these changes do not affect the Indians’ performance and the team continues to improve. Donovan reveals Phelps’s plan to Brown who then relays the same news to the players, telling them that if the team plays too well for Phelps to void the lease, she will bring in worse players who will. Taylor says that, since they have nothing to lose, the team should get back at Phelps by winning the pennant. Brown gives the team an incentive by removing one portion of a dress on a cardboard cut-out model of Phelps taken during her showgirl days for every win the team achieves. The team plays very well down the stretch of the season, and eventually clinch a tie for the division by beating the Chicago White Sox on the last game of the season. This forces a one-game playoff with the division’s co-leaders, the New York Yankees. Prior to the playoff, Taylor continues to try to woo Lynn back and they share a night together. Vaughn learns that he will not be the starting pitcher for the game and goes to a bar to mope. Suzanne Dorn, after seeing her husband during a television broadcast leave the team’s hotel lobby with another woman, lures Vaughn to sleep with her. Vaughn became aware of who she was when she told him shortly before leaving Vaughn and Taylor’s apartment the next morning.

Based on Taylor’s advice, Vaughn keeps his distance from Dorn for most of the game by staying in the bullpen. The game remains scoreless until the seventh inning when Harris gives up two runs. Cerrano comes to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and misses badly on two curveballs. He angrily threatens to give up his loyalty to the voodoo gods, and hits a two-run home run off a curveball on the next pitch to tie the game. In an ironic twist, it is Harris (a seemingly devout Christian) who places Cerrano’s voodoo doll Jo-bu at his side while warming up. At the top of the ninth, the Yankees are able to load the bases and Vaughn is called in, the crowd roaring their excitement over “Wild Thing.” Vaughn and Taylor are concerned when Dorn comes over to the pitcher’s mound but he only gives Vaughn sound advice for pitching to the next batter. Vaughn is able to strike out the Yankee’s best batter in three straight pitches and end the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Hayes manages to single to first and subsequently steals second. Taylor is next to bat, and after signaling back and forth with Brown, points to the bleachers, calling his shot. However, Taylor bunts instead, catching the Yankees infield off-guard. Despite his weak knees, Taylor get to the first base safely. Hayes, knowing that the infield is focused on catching Taylor at the first base, clears the third base and goes for the home, catching the Yankees off guard again. Hayes slides safe into home, giving the Indians the win. As the team celebrates, Dorn punches Vaughn in the face but then helps him up to continue the celebration, while Jake finds Lynn in the stands, who raises her left hand to show that she is no longer wearing an engagement ring, indicating that she wishes to be with him.

REVIEW:

I’m not a baseball fan, and with college and high school football season starting this week, and pro starting up next week, it is kind of ironic that I didn’t choose something like Rudy to watch instead. However, sometimes you just want to laugh, and that’s all I expected from Major League.

This is basically a film about some spoiled chick who buys a team, then decides she wants to get out of Cleveland because it is too cold. So, she gets rid of all the good players, and load it up with has beens and players that normally wold never make it on a major league roster. just to ensure a losing season, which she must have to get fans to stop coming to the games so attendance can fall and she can move the team without breaking the contract with the city.

Yeah, sounds like pretty much every other underdog sports movie ever made, but it isn’t the plot that makes this film work, but rather the cast and how they put they’re all into these characters.

Sure, you can gush about all the baseball stuff, but since I’m not a baseball guy, that really didn’t appeal to me. I’m sure for a fan of the sport, it would, though.

Charlie Sheen is his best Charlie Sheen here in his role as Wild Thing, a rookie sensation pitcher who has a past. I have to say it, though, the glasses just didn’t work. When was the last time you saw an MLB pitcher wearing glasses?

Wesley Snipes is a tre highlight of the picture as Willie Mayes Hayes, a flamboyant center fielder with an ego the size of Cleveland. I sort of wish they would have focused more on him, but at the same time, perhaps the lack of screentime is what made his character so great.

I had no idea until I read the credits, but Cerrano, the big Voodoo practicing power hitter, was played by Dennis Haysbert. Yeah, the Allstate commercial guy. I think he was also president in 24, but don’t quote me on that. He really is one to watch. Sure, he doesn’t light up the screen the way Snipes and Sheen do, but his character is sheer delight.

Major League‘s major deficiency is that is too formulaic. It suffers from clichés and a bit of bad writing. Having said that, it is still quite the enjoyable picture. I think this is mainly due to the cast, because without them, I belive this would simply just have been another sports picture with a subpar cast and horrible story and script.

I can recommend this to everyone, though. I mean, come on, with all the steroid talk going on in baseball, isn’t it great to see something fn about that sport? That’s something that Major League can do for viewers that the real MLB can’t. Sit back and enjoy!

4 out of 5 stars

Get Shorty

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Chili Palmer (John Travolta), a Miami loan shark, clashes with another mobster, Ray “Bones” Barbone (Dennis Farina), after Ray takes his jacket (his own having been stolen from a restaurant cloakroom). Chili promptly finds him, breaks his nose, and takes his jacket back. Ray goes to the barbershop where Chili has his office, but Chili is warned by the barbers and shoots first when Ray bursts through the door, grazing the top of Ray’s head and causing him to flee. Ray’s boss, Jimmy Cap (Alex Rocco, who appears uncredited) refuses to go to war over such a trivial matter, and chastises Ray for foolishly taking the coat in the first place. When Chili’s powerful New York boss, Momo, dies of a heart attack, Chili finds himself working for Ray, who happily uses it to his advantage. Ray orders Chili to collect a large debt owed by Leo DeVoe (David Paymer), even though Leo is presumed dead.

When Chili visits Fay (Linda Hart), Leo’s supposed widow, she tells him Leo is alive. When Leo’s airliner sat on the runway for repairs, he debarked and got drunk at the airport bar. The airplane took off without him, then crashed. Leo was assumed to be dead and his wife received a $300,000 settlement from the airline. Leo took the money to Las Vegas, where he won another $200,000. Chili learns from Dick Allen (Bobby Slayton), a Las Vegas casino manager, that Leo has gone to Los Angeles. Allen asks Chili to collect a gambling debt from a B-movie producer named Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman) while he is in town.

Harry agrees to pay back the money in 60 days. With that settled, avid film fan Chili pitches a movie idea to Harry about a Miami loanshark chasing a scamming businessman to Los Angeles. Harry is interested in the concept, but he has another financial problem: he borrowed $200,000 from drug dealer Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo) to finance the movie he wanted to make. It was not enough, so he tried to raise the rest by betting on sports and lost it all. Chili tells Harry he will take care of it. Chili also tracks Leo down and takes the $300,000 in insurance money, plus another $10,000 which he promises to pay back plus interest, but does not inform Ray.

Catlett himself is in a jam. When he goes to the airport to pay Yayo Portillo (Jacob Vargas), a messenger from drug lord Mr. Escobar (Miguel Sandoval), he spots undercover federal drug agents about, so he gives Yayo a key to a storage locker instead of the money directly. Yayo refuses to take the risk and accompanies Catlett home. Yayo becomes obnoxious, so Catlett shoots him, not realizing he has killed Escobar’s nephew.

When Catlett and his business associate Ronnie (Jon Gries) visit Harry for a progress report about the film he is supposedly financing, Chili tells Catlett that Harry has another project he has to finish first. Harry reveals too much, arousing Catlett’s curiosity about this other film. It turns out that Catlett, like Chili, wants to be a film producer. Meanwhile, Chili meets and is attracted to Karen Flores (Rene Russo), a cynical actress in low-budget horror films.

Later, Catlett offers Harry $500,000 interest free to drop Chili and let him produce the movie instead. Catlett gives Harry the locker key and suggests Chili go get the money. Harry, getting fed up with Chili and what he perceives as broken promises on his part, is intrigued. However, Chili is not fooled; he sees the agents and leaves the money untouched. Catlett’s enforcer, Bear (James Gandolfini), gets beaten twice when he tries to intimidate Chili. The second time, Chili does his best to get Bear on his side. Bear, a former movie stuntman and single father of a little girl, is weary of his job, but Catlett blackmails him into staying by implicitly threatening his daughter.

Chili wants famous actor Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) to star in the film. Through Karen, Weir’s ex-wife, Chili pitches him the idea. Weir is interested.

Harry telephones Ray and tells him that Chili has the money he was sent to collect and more. Ray flies to Los Angeles and starts beating Harry when he does not get satisfactory answers to his questions, but is interrupted when Ronnie shows up. Ray kills Ronnie and frames Harry for the killing. A badly beaten Harry is rushed to the hospital. He avoids jail when the death is ruled self defense.

A romance begins between Chili and Karen, but Catlett kidnaps her and demands Chili bring the money owed to him, as Mr. Escobar has arrived, looking for his money and his nephew. Though Chili turns over the money he got from Leo, Catlett reneges on their deal. Bear starts beating Chili, but it is just an act. In the ensuing struggle, Catlett is pushed against the balcony railing (which was earlier secretly weakened by Bear). It collapses and Catlett plummets to his death, with Bear saving Chili from the same fate.

Ray confronts Chili and demands Leo’s money. Searching Chili’s pockets, he finds the airport locker key, so Ray heads there to get the cash. When he opens the locker, he is confronted by police. This scene blends into one being filmed on a Hollywood set, with actor Harvey Keitel playing Ray, while Martin Weir portrays the loanshark. Chili’s movie is being directed by Penny Marshall, with Harry as executive producer, Chili and Karen co-producers, and Bear a technical consultant.

REVIEW:

This is one of those films that I have wanted to see, but for some reason just haven’t been inclined to rush out and pick it up. That’s not an indictment on the film itself, but rather the fact that there wasn’t anything that piqued my interest in the trailers and previews I had seen.

If not for a fluke occurrence of the top 10 films in my Netflix queue being on some sort of wait, then chances are I would have waited a little bit longer to watch this.

Get Shorty is one of those comedies that tries to be something it isn’t. what I mean by that is it tries to be serious and action-packed. The action I can live with, but when a film can’t make up its mind about its tone, we have issues. This film wants to be serious, but at the same time it doesn’t set that kind of tone. At the same time, the parts that are supposed to be funny, just aren’t.

John Travolta leads this underacheiving all-star cast. His role is pretty simple, a guy who wants out from under the thumb of his mob bosses and to become a Hollywood producer. Nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, his character actually has some of the best development in the picture. Travolta could have given his character a bit more…something. I just didn’t feel anything for the guy. He was just a guy hogging up most of the screentime for me.

Gene Hackman is a slightly off-kilter producer who it is never really said if he is sane or not. It doesn’t appear that he is, but that doesn’t mean anything, as he could just be eccentric. Hackman does what he can here, but I have to wonder who he lost a bet to in order to be stuck in this thing.

Delroy Lindo is the villain here. He doesn’t do half bad. you don’t even realize he’s the villain until a little past halfway through the film. Although, with those flamboyant suits,m it should have been obvious.

A secondary villain is played by Dennis Farina, Travolta’s boss in Miami. This guy is nothing but comic relief, though, except for the scene where he beats the living snot out of Hackman.

The plot to this film, as well as the pacing could have been thought out a bit more. It didn’t seem to flow, especially when they threw in the drugs at the airport. That just lost me and I never came back.

Get Shorty isn’t a bad film, but there are so many things that could have been better. In the same vein, there are plenty of things that could have been worse. Alot of people praise this film, but I don’t really see why. There is nothing memorable about it. Here it is 5 minutes after I finished it, and I can barely remember anything about it. I can recommend this in good conscience, but not without hesitation.

3 out of 5 stars