Reel 2 Reel Movie Reviews: June 19, 2005

Saturday, June 25, 2005




I did not hold high hopes for this movie, but my niece wanted something to do on a super hot day, and I thought a couple of hours in an air conditioned theatre would hit the spot nicely.

When Bewitched the television series was created, it was the type of show that took a stab at poking fun at the societal norm of being a submissive housewife in the mid '60s. The movie doesn't necessarily try to recapture that setting, but it does place Nicole Kidman in a submissive role to Will Farrell. This just didn't work for me, another one of those unbelievable couples. What's wrong in Hollywood these days? Why can't they bring together two characters who can manage to act just enough to make a relationship believable? I mean, it's only a 90 minute film... that's got to be feasible.

The "magic" in the movie, was clever and is really the only place that I can give real credit, other than that Kidman was a perfect cast for this role, as she has a strong resemblance to the original Samantha, especially when she wiggles her nose. I'd also have to give credit to Shirley MacLaine, who does a remarkable performance as Endora. The story however is boring at best, and dismal at worst.

My recommendation - if you're looking for something to see at the theatre, or you have a niece to entertain on a hot afternoon, skip Bewitched and opt for Madagascar. At least Madagascar has some funny lines to keep you from falling asleep.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Longest Yard

I haven't laughed like that in a long while. Welcome back Adam Sandler.
Sandler hasn't offered a performance of this scale and quality since Happy Gilmore. With movies like Punch Drunk Love and Eight Crazy Nights, you had to ask yourself if Sandler had lost his golden touch, though he did save himself with his dramatic roles in Spanglish and 50 First Dates. Sandler, like Jim Carrey and Robin Williams, really belongs in the comedic roles, where quick wit and obvious adlib are not only welcomed but expected. Sandler absolutely dominates in this film.

He wasn't hurting for supporting characters either, Chris Rock's role as Caretaker is a bit unbelievable, but he delivers his lines with his well known stand-up approach to comedy. He's funny and loveable, a definite asset to the movie. Burt Reynolds, taking on the senior role this time around, as opposed to the lead in the '74 version, obviously has a lessor impact on the story, but he plays it well with his hard nosed, shy but deadly, attitude. Then there is Terry Crews as Cheeseburger Eddy... if you thought that this guy was funny in White Chicks, then you can expect more of the same hilarity in The Longest Yard. Every scene with Crews is laugh out loud.

I didn't know what to expect from this movie being that it was a remake, but I can say with sincerity that I was truly impressed with the acting and story line. With characters like Sasquatch, Mc-Asshole and Colonel Sanders, it would be difficult not to be. This movie is not to be missed!

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Monday, June 20, 2005

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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'Awkward' is probably the best word I could use to describe the on screen chemisty between this supposedly married couple of 5 or 6 years. While Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are fine actors respectively, together they just didn't sell it. Another viewer I overheard as we were making our way out of the theatre commented that they had a "totally unrealistic relationship", which I have to agree with. For two supposed spies/hitmen to not realize that they are each living a fictitious life with one another is somewhat ridiculous. Where did they park their instincts?

The worst of the unrealistic points of this movie has to be when Mr. and Mrs. Smith face off. There is just something disturbing about a husband smashing his wife up against the wall and repeated blows to her abdomen. But I don't want to spoil all of the fun here, let's just say that there are two saving graces in this film, Jolie's ass whooping fight scenes and
Vince Vaughan's character is a hoot! I wouldn't have thought that he could shine any brighter than he did in Be Cool, but once again Vaughan has captured my heart as the whacked out underdog in this role.

I think that this movie is somewhat ill-suited for the kiddies, the violence and the occasional profanity is really driven more towards the teenagers and up crowd.

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