A Brit Late Movie Roundup February
We recently got Sky+HD at the Gibson household. It’s meant I’ve been watching many more films than before because I can record shows and also in lovely HD. As a result, I’ll start doing these little roundups of what Brit Late films I’ve watched each month. Hit the jump!
Clash Of The Titans (2010)
Man what an amazingly average film. Now in terms of me enjoying a film, it can either be because a film is good or because is so bad it’s good. Then you have the films that are either just bad or mediocre, like this film. None of the characters were interesting for starters. Personally I think Sam Worthington is about as interesting as drying paint and Hades, the only mildly interesting character, is in the film for about 10 minutes altogether. Worthington appears to be trying to show the Gods that he only needs his humanity to do great things, but he doesn’t have to be such an arsehole about it. The story is predictable, the characters were archetypes and the action was no more than watchable. Clash of the Titans is just a great big ball of adequacy. And don’t get me started on how ridiculous Liam Neeson looked as Zeus, nevermind Ralph Fiennes looking like his Voldermort character in death metal drag as Hades.
I thought Moon was a decent film. I have to admit though, it does start off quite slow. We’re introduced to Sam Rockwell’s character and his isolated life on the moon and I was sat there wondering when shit was going to down for about 20 to 30 minutes. However, once the main plot point does kick in then it becomes a very interesting film. It succeeds in making us feel sympathetic about Rockwell’s plight and you’re right behind him as he tries to find out what is really happening at the moon station. Kevin Spacey also does a great job as the AI program on the station and manages to do a lot with the role considering he has to have a monotone voice. It was also nice to see a different take on the whole AI concept. Without spoiling too much, HAL9000 Spacey is not. Moon takes a while to get going, but give it a chance and as soon as the second act starts you’ll be hooked. Oh and it has Matt Berry aka Douglas Renham in The IT Crowd. It’s a small role, but that’s enough reason to watch it. And it is also directed by the son of god after all.
A Serious Man
I was so disappointed after watching this. Now granted, the only Coen Brothers film I’ve seen is The Big Lebowski (I’ve already turned in my geek card) so I don’t know how the other Coen films compare, but with A Serious Man, I just felt it never reached any point of being a great film. For the most part, the humour was spot on. While I didn’t get all of the jokes because of the whole Jewish community setting, I found myself laughing at the main character seeming to be a normal person surrounded by many different strange characters, who don’t help with things when his life slowly starts to spiral out of control. However, I never felt like there was ever a particularly strong story in place. Granted there are various plot points as we find out more about how the main character ticks, but it never reaches any kind of conclusion, with the ending leaving me confused as to what significance it even had. I kept trying to give it a chance, but I would give this one a miss next time.
I watched this film after the man that is Charlie Brooker mentioned it various times in a number of his wipe programmes. Network is all about the dark humour. Peter Finch’s character going mad just happens to be the catalyst to show broadcasting networks as cut-throat powers who will do literally anything to get good ratings. You can never root for any of the characters either. All of them have huge flaws and even what I guess can be considered the good character succumbs to greed. Speaking of which, my only problem was that the romance in the film felt completely unnecessary. Nothing ever happens between the two characters that would lead to romance. They just go from talking to suddenly being in love with each other. Part of that romance goes to further exemplify the matter of fact nature the film is trying to show of the broadcasting industry, but it should have felt like there was a reason for it. Overall though, Network is dark, entertaining and probably ahead of its time. Peter Finch’s character certainly lives on in the likes of Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. Or perhaps just Fox News in general.
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci put in great performances in his interesting character study. It’s another film that’s slow to start off with and you do need to be in the right mood for it (it’s about 2 hours long), but once you begin to learn more about the characters, it becomes a great look at a relationship between two brothers, which just happens to involve boxing. The film charts Jake LaMotta’s main boxing career and as he rises through the ranks of the boxing world, you begin to see the impact it has on him as a character and what effect this has on his friends and family. The film’s also worth watching for the beautifully shot boxing scenes, which manage to be both gruesome and fascinating at the same time. I did think the ending was a little weird. LaMotta is still alive today so it couldn’t end with him dying, but it starts to end a chapter of his life but then the credits role before we see him start a new chapter. Ending aside, a great film from Scorsese.
And those are the Brit Late films I watched in February. So far in March I’ve watched Alice In Wonderland (2010), Ronin and Taken is on the Sky+HD box ready to watch. More on them next month.