Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friends With Benefits (2011)

     Smack in the middle of a summer without anything resembling a shortage of R-rated comedies, comes the meta chick-flick, Friends With Benefits. Since this genre has been all over the map, ranging everywhere from brilliant to hot garbage, one would be smart to be a little apprehensive going into this movie. Although just as formulaic and predictable as every romantic comedy, having the characters continually shout, "If this was a chick-flick (blank) would happen right now! Good thing we aren't in one of those lame movies! (WINK AT CAMERA)" while at the same time they are unabashedly doing (blank), makes it feel kind of fresh. This tactic saves the movie from collapsing in on itself and makes it an enjoyable rom-com, even if it is a little too self-aware.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

     Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the eighth movie, the second half of the seventh novel, in the series. Whew. With this final installment comes the end of one of the most financially successful franchises in the history of cinema. Since it is the second half of a story, one would reasonably assume this is where the "magic" hits the fan. That the whole film is the thrilling conclusion of the saga. In actuality, while it isn't a bad movie, it is lackluster and doesn't have nearly the same mystical thrill of any of the previous entries. In trying to be heavier and darker in tone it loses a good deal of it's fantastical qualities. (This review is Spoiler Heavy! Be warned)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Horrible Bosses (2011)

     On the surface, Horrible Bosses looks like a movie forged from the same wildly successful template as The Hangover. Upon deeper examination, however, you will still find that your first assumption was absolutely correct. Now the question is: "Why should I see it?". The simplest answer I can offer is that it's funny. Darkly funny. Not quite "Hahaha...Oh my god I'm a bad person" dark, but close enough to appease the demented while not alienating the more wholesome.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D (2011)

     Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the newest entry in Michael Bay's CGI robot battle franchise. But of course you already knew this...unless you've been under a rock for the past four years, in which case I'm glad to see you're well and back among the living. Anyway, the Transformers movies have each had their share of highs and lows, and I would never refer to them as "critical darlings", but they make fine mindless summer entertainment. T3 is two and a half hours of juvenile humor, fast cars, hot chicks, explosions, and disgruntled giant robots who vent their frustrations by causing the aforementioned explosions. It doesn't break the mold but it is clearly directed by a Michael Bay aware of (and affected by) the backlash against Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and therefore has a noticeably darker and heavier tone.