Thursday, November 3, 2011

Puss in Boots, Margin Call - Reel Rhino (Mini) Reviews

Yep, mini reviews...that's all I have for you...

I gave the leaves in my yard round two this week, so I am a little tuckered out.  I would like to get this out there...I think that Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill will be THE atrocity of 2011.

There, I said it...I think they should reconsider the title, and change it to Battlefield Earth II.  What is he thinking?  Sandler can really be funny, sweet, dramatic, and more, but what in the hell is going on here?

This could officially be his first steps down Eddie Murphy Road...which hopefully Eddie, an insanely talented guy, is about to pull himself out of.  Tower Heist has had some early reviews that sound not so bad.  We'll see.  Who knows, Eddie's Nutty Professor was a blazing success, perhaps Jack and Jill will...nope, I can't even say it, let alone write it...

This poster is looks like a parody poster.  The thing is, its rated PG.  I am guessing this is being drummed out as a family movie.  I think it will flounder.

Puss in Boots - 3.5 of 5 Horns
This is the not so necessary spin-off  to the Shrek flicks, that perhaps wore out their welcome, by at least one film.  I guess Shrek Forever After was funny, but really their writers do a good job of channeling the zeitgeist of popular culture and film.  The Shrek flicks always also seemed to work in some hidden, yet very adult humor, without risking they not as savvy kiddies getting the jokes.

That is really what Puss in Boots got right...some well placed jokes, some decent action, and a really good looking presentation of the IMAX version.  But, what in the hell are the prices like in Denver...$17.00 for a matinee showing at the United Artists downtown theater?!?

That's a little too rich for my blood, but they do have a great auditorium for their IMAX screen.  Too much dough, though, too much dough.

Puss in Boots is an enjoyable, mindless day at the theater.  Antonio Banderas has charm, Selma Hayek is tone perfect as Kitty Softpaws....she is one bad kitty.  Zach Galifianakis plays Humpty Dumpty...he is as talented in voice as he is in person, but I think it is mainly because you can picture him making silly faces as he delivers each and every well enunciated line.

A passable effort...okay, an enjoyable one, but not mind-blowing and I stand by what I always say...I prefer originality to the same old thing, and this is sadly, the some more of the same old thing.

Margin Call - 4 of 5 Horns
A timely film, albeit this being a fictional tale, depicting in spirit of the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment firm.  I saw this on On-Demand, which is nice, but curious...why not the big rant from the theater owners here?

The cast alone warrants checking this one out...Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, and plays out with something like a Glengary Glen Ross, just not exactly as engaging, and with a couple of gals thrown in, like Mary McDonnell and Demi Moore. 

This is an enjoyable film as a procedural on the dark side of finance.  It's relevance makes it more exciting, and generally speaking, being primarily a talkie, there are some decent thrills and tension throughout. 

Again, for a shorty review, I say see it, but save the big screen for big screen type flicks.  Check it out On-Demand, and enjoy a flick and send the message...if you build it, we will watch. 

Until later, take care...we'll see how Tower Heist holds up.  I'll be back soon with more to report.
Reel Rhino

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