ldhenson: (affix)
...I walked out of a movie starring both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Of my own free will.

I wanted to like 3:10 to Yuma. I really, really did. In fact, I certainly expected I would. A film with Crowe and Bale, plus Alan Tudyk (a great bonus; I hadn't read the cast list), not to mention horses, guns, and the Old West in the late 19th century. Add that to all its good reviews (which I hadn't read, not wanting spoilers), and what could go wrong?

My suspension of disbelief snapping about halfway through was what went wrong. I won't go into detail now, but the first twenty or so minutes seemed to go well, and then I grew increasingly frustrated as it gradually but inevitably became clear that I was watching a group of characters who, collectively, appeared to possess the amount of instinct for self-preservation roughly equivalent to that possessed by a small dried peanut. The entire plot, at least as far as I managed to watch it, consisted of one easily-avoided, forehead-slapping, "duh, this wouldn't have happened if you hadn't been so boneheaded/naive/careless a few scenes earlier" troublesome situation after another. Problem was, according to the script, these were more or less sensible characters who supposedly knew what they were doing, and the troublesome situations they found themselves in were just misfortune and not the direct result of their own utter thick-headedness.

I walked out about an hour twenty in. Everyone else, and it was a pretty decent-sized audience for a dollar theater, seemed to like it fine.

I'm baffled by all the positive reviews. Honestly, completely baffled, despite my love for Bale and Crowe. I must have been watching an entirely different movie.
ldhenson: (affix)
...I walked out of a movie starring both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Of my own free will.

I wanted to like 3:10 to Yuma. I really, really did. In fact, I certainly expected I would. A film with Crowe and Bale, plus Alan Tudyk (a great bonus; I hadn't read the cast list), not to mention horses, guns, and the Old West in the late 19th century. Add that to all its good reviews (which I hadn't read, not wanting spoilers), and what could go wrong?

My suspension of disbelief snapping about halfway through was what went wrong. I won't go into detail now, but the first twenty or so minutes seemed to go well, and then I grew increasingly frustrated as it gradually but inevitably became clear that I was watching a group of characters who, collectively, appeared to possess the amount of instinct for self-preservation roughly equivalent to that possessed by a small dried peanut. The entire plot, at least as far as I managed to watch it, consisted of one easily-avoided, forehead-slapping, "duh, this wouldn't have happened if you hadn't been so boneheaded/naive/careless a few scenes earlier" troublesome situation after another. Problem was, according to the script, these were more or less sensible characters who supposedly knew what they were doing, and the troublesome situations they found themselves in were just misfortune and not the direct result of their own utter thick-headedness.

I walked out about an hour twenty in. Everyone else, and it was a pretty decent-sized audience for a dollar theater, seemed to like it fine.

I'm baffled by all the positive reviews. Honestly, completely baffled, despite my love for Bale and Crowe. I must have been watching an entirely different movie.
ldhenson: (da Vinci's Studi per un Monumento Equest)
Initial, mostly-superficial reaction after seeing Troy, no spoilers:

Still very much up with the Sean Bean love. I actually wasn't as excited to see him as I thought I'd be before the movie started. Then he showed up, and approximately two seconds later I remembered why there was Sean love in the first place.

Still not a fan of Brad Pitt.

Great to see Orlando Bloom again. I really enjoyed watching him.

That Eric Bana is hella cute. I haven't watched his movies before. He had me from, like, his third scene; he sold me on his character. I don't think Pitt did.

Brian Cox is always a treat.

Peter O'Toole rules.

All in all, glad I went, mostly for the revelations (to me) that were Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole. Not a movie I think I'd see twice, though.
ldhenson: (sharpe)
So. I'm going to see Troy tomorrow. Mostly because Orlando and Sean are in it, but also because it looks like a very cool period epic battle movie.

But.

Check out this pattern.

Before 3rd viewing of FOTR: Went because I wanted to see Orlando again. Actively disliked Sean Bean.

After 3rd viewing of FOTR: All about Sean Bean!...Orlando who?

Before 1st viewing of POTC: Went because I wanted to see Orlando again. Actively disliked Johnny Depp.

After 1st viewing of POTC: All about Johnny Depp!...Orlando who?

Before Troy: Will go because I want to see Orlando again. Do not particularly like Brad Pitt. No interest in Eric Bana.

After Troy: ???

Sorry Orlando...you're still great. But somehow I keep getting blindsided by your co-stars.
ldhenson: (target)
...and thus follows a review that turned out eight times longer than I originally intended.

Big honkin' spoilers )
ldhenson: (target)
...and thus follows a review that turned out eight times longer than I originally intended.

Big honkin' spoilers )
ldhenson: (jw)
I've been away from my old SH list for years and haven't yet gotten back on, so for the nonce I'm posting this here.

Huh. This may get me lynched, but...the new Starsky & Hutch movie?

I kinda liked it.

I don't love it. But I did enjoy myself.

Yeah, the rumors--think ominous--of a movie without DS and PMG have been swirling around since forever. When the rumors started getting more solid about four or five years ago, I wasn't thrilled, but also said the only way I could see it working was if they did an affectionate send-up, a la The Brady Bunch Movie.

Which is more or less what we got.

This is Zebra Three, we are enroute to spoilers )
ldhenson: (jw)
I've been away from my old SH list for years and haven't yet gotten back on, so for the nonce I'm posting this here.

Huh. This may get me lynched, but...the new Starsky & Hutch movie?

I kinda liked it.

I don't love it. But I did enjoy myself.

Yeah, the rumors--think ominous--of a movie without DS and PMG have been swirling around since forever. When the rumors started getting more solid about four or five years ago, I wasn't thrilled, but also said the only way I could see it working was if they did an affectionate send-up, a la The Brady Bunch Movie.

Which is more or less what we got.

This is Zebra Three, we are enroute to spoilers )

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