I haven’t read anything new this month as I’m working on a novel for NaNoWriMo and using my reading time to up my word count. I visited my son this past weekend and we watched the new Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot movie called Red Notice.
This review won’t be popular as I know how many people love Ryan Reynolds. Personally, I think he tries way too hard to be funny. There are naturally funny people, but I think Reynolds has to work at it. Dwayne Johnson, on the other hand, seems effortless when he delivers funny lines. I don’t really have much opinion about Gal Gadot as I haven’t seen a lot of her work. I did enjoy her in this film.
The real problem with the film is it does not deliver. We watched for the approximate two hours and there was no reward at the end. My son and I both agreed it was just to set up a sequel. There was no pay off for the invested audience. The twists were silly and predictable.
It almost seemed as if the movie was written for Reynolds to deliver one-line zingers and The Rock to do his thing with the action star stuff.
Don’t get me wrong, there were some funny parts and some tense moments–a helicopter escape on a tall mountain, for instance– but, for the most part, it was a vehicle for Reynolds’ comedy. I was glad it at least wasn’t vulgar like a lot of his work.
Interestingly, my son and I didn’t talk about it right after we watched as I went to bed and he was already half-dozing on the couch, but the next morning, before I said a word, he expressed that the film had no payoff and no point except to set up a sequel and make money.
I get that the film industry is all about making money, but give me a decent plot every time over a series of jokes. I, for one, won’t be watching that sequel that I’m sure is coming.
I was probably one of the last people to see this one. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but things kept coming up to prevent me from getting to the theatre. I finally saw it on Friday and there were only about eight of us in the room, so I figure that the rest of the population has seen it.
I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed in it. The first thing that annoyed me was the lighting. Yes, I get that it was supposed to be an Armageddon type battle but the cinematography was terrible. There was a lot of this film that I couldn’t see. I had to peer at the screen to determine what action was occurring. In the scene with the horde on the hill, the hill was black, the death eaters wore black, the sky was black… See where I’m going with this? It was quite hard to discern what was what. Very annoying and it took me right out of the story.
As to the flash back scene with Snape, I was highly disappointed with that. As anyone who has read this blog knows, Alan Rickman is my absolute favorite actor and I’ve always felt like he was underutilized in this series of films. Again, we have the same issue. This scene was beautifully written in the book and the film version made short shrift of it and didn’t engage my emotions as the written word did. It could have been done so much better but I think the film maker wanted to focus on flash and action, not emotion. We were saying goodbye to characters we loved and I wanted it to be more poignant.
The film seemed disjointed and more about the special effects than the story. I mean, really, why did the director spend so much time in Bellatrix’s vault and in the room of requirement? Just to show off the special effects? That”s how it felt to me.
Don’t get me wrong, there were parts I liked but overall, this one was not the best of the films. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me and remember, this is only my opinion so don’t crucify me in the comments. We can agree to disagree if need be.
So, all in all, in my opinion, the final movie fell short of my expectations. Sad, really, as I hoped the series would go out with a bang, not a whimper.
From Warner Bros Site
For the first time in a while, there was actually a movie I wanted to see out in theatres. I went today to see Unknown. Liam Neeson is the star, and as usual, he’s his normal kick-butt self. There were two women in the film. One was January Jones and she played his wife. The other was Diane Kruger, the woman that helps him when he’s being pursued. I much preferred the performance of Diane Kruger. She did a great job with a hard to play role. I think it was hard to play as the character was full of implausibilites. Some of the stuff she was asked to do would have never been done by a woman in her position. A lot of this film stretched credulity. But it was a fun ride for two hours.
I loved that Aiden Quinn was in this film. I very much enjoy the film Michael Collins where Liam and Aiden play best friends and rivals for the love of Kitty. It was fun to see them together again. And it was also great to see Sebastian Koch in this film. One of my favorite foreign language films of all time has him in it. It’s called Black Book. He’s an excellent actor. He plays the scientist, Professor Bressler.
For an afternoon of mindless entertainment, I say check this one out- it’s a wild romp. AND if you’re so inclined, rent Black Book– an excellent, excellent choice.