Yep, the cast is worth the trip to the theater but this picture as a whole was enjoyable all around. It is a completely enjoyable revenge flick that doesn't fall short in the blood and bullets department. Don't get me wrong, it is no Kill Bill, but it does deliver 4 horns of 5, so says The Reel Rhino.
In the meantime, I also had the chance to see TANGLED, Disney Animations latest offering and their 50th Animated Feature ever! Congrats to the Mouse House!!
It was enjoyable in every sense and I think this was a great coming out party for my man CHUCK! Zachary Levi was excellent in the role of Flynn Ryder, our somewhat fearless hero. Mandy Moore did a great job as well and boy can she sing!
All in all...see it! 5 horns of 5 from the Reel Rhino!
Next up...127 Hours, the latest offering from the uber-hot auteur Danny Boyle, last year's Oscar winner for Direction. He has an amazing filmography and I am quite sure I would watch him direct Children's Theater!
127 Hours stars James Franco. He is 95% of this movie, and he owns every minute. The movie tells the story of Aron Ralsten, a mountaineer and canyoneer, who in 2003 was trapped while climbing in Utah. He fell and a huge rock slipped, pinning him "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," the title of his book that the story is based upon.
So yeah, knowing that he survives kinda spoils the ending, but the ending is a forgone conclusion that is spoiled even in the title. Yep, it takes 127 hours for Ralston to free himself. The actual scenes of him breaking free were disturbing, but only as it sends you into the mindset of contemplating the will power it must have taken to do what he did.,
The movie plays out in odd form. The first third is Aron out and having fun and living life the way he knows how. In the wild and on his own.
Boyle weaves together a great narrative from a subject that could have been very one-note. This movie is vivid, colorful, and lively. I left this film thinking that there was nothing I couldn't overcome. It was truly a triumph of the human spirit.
James Franco is a tour de force in the truest sense of the phrase. Over the past year, he has played a recurring role on General Hospital. An exercise in acting to further stretch his already very dexterous acting chops. His one-man show would make an excellent double featue with People's Sexiest Man, Ryan Reynolds' BURIED, which I have previously reviewed.
See this movie. See it at the theater. Take the message from this film and realize nothing is so difficult that the will of man cannot overcome the obstacle.
In this mess of movie-going, I also had the chance to catch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Wowza! I cannot wait for Part 2, because this is some epic that is rounding out very nicely. I gave HP 7 a "Hell Yeah 5 Horn Salute!"