Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.
Believe me, I never expected Spectre to make this list, much less top it off. I thought the previous Bond film, Skyfall, was one of the best in the series, and with everyone involved—actors, director, screenwriters—returning for Spectre, I had extremely high hopes for this installment as well. But it never did quite come together; it was as if the filmmakers completely forgot what they’d done to make Skyfall so great. It even became silly and overboard at times, and there were so many situations and moments that borrowed from previous Bond movies, it felt like more an homage than its own film. Is it watchable? Yes, but it’s nowhere near as good as it should’ve been.
As profane and at times obscene as Amy Schumer’s comedy is, I really do get a kick out of her cable comedy show, and I assumed that same kind of self-deprecating humor and boundary-pushing situations would be present in Trainwreck, especially since she was responsible for the screenplay. The results, however, were a lot more tame and ‘Hollywood dramatic’ than I was hoping for, and the cutting edge aspects of her show were nearly non-existent. Even the input of director Judd Apatow—the king of modern-day raunch comedy—seemed restrained. Overall, it had its moments, but unfortunately there just weren’t enough of them.
It’s really quite simple: if you’re going to remake a popular and well-done supernatural horror film, especially when there’s really no reason to, then you’d better make sure you do it right…and whatever you do, don’t make it half as thrilling and half as scary as the original. Another attempt to ‘improve upon’ an older film by amping up its iconic moments for modern audiences, hoping bigger and louder means better…which it never does. Maybe this attempt works best if you’ve never seen the 1982 classic; if you have, then there’s absolutely no reason to bother with this one.
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