I’ve been really busy over the last fortnight so haven’t been able to watch as many films as I’d have liked to. I watched three new releases including The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and 21 And Over, which both did little for me. Thankfully, Silence in the House of God was great and definitely made up for them.
As for older films, I caught the Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World and I also checked out GoldenEye and Watchmen. Read on for my thoughts on each.
21 And Over (2013) – Certainly aimed at the 18-25 year old male demographic which I fit into, I still didn’t get much out of it. It’s aiming to be a combination of Superbad and The Hangover, but it turns out to be a poor imitation. I didn’t hate Project X and would describe this as similar but not as good. Some moments made me smile, many made me cringe and the film as a whole is simply too long. C-
Watchmen (2009) – Mixed feelings on Watchmen but I quite liked it overall. It’s pretty dark, very unique and had an interesting story and message. I haven’t read the book it’s based on but I’ve heard it’s a fantastic read so will look to get to it. I also thought Nite Owl looked a little too much like Batman! Important to note I watched the ‘Ultimate Cut’: This version included the director’s cut of the film re-edited to contain Tales of the Black Freighter into the story as it is featured in the graphic novel, bringing the run time of the film to 215 minutes. B+
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) – Starring Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde, this was different and I liked the concept of it for a comedy film about magician’s. I found most of the characters to be charismatic and each actor brought something unique to the table. However, while I smiled a little, I never really laughed at all, which is a shame as it is a comedy film after all. It felt a little taxing towards the end too. C
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – The sequel has nothing on the original, but I didn’t mind it. Entertaining and by no means an embarassment to the series. B
GoldenEye (1995) – GoldenEye looked amazing on Blu-Ray and was only the third Bond film I had ever seen (Skyfall and Casino Royale being the other two). I liked it for the most part, but it ultimately felt a little too similar to the other Bond films I had seen, which will probably be a recurring pattern I find when I watch the rest. Pierce Brosnan seems to be a decent Bond and I quite liked the villain’s in this one of Sean Bean and Famke Janssen. B
Silence in the House of God (2012) – A sad story that had to be told, looking at pedophilia in the Catholic church. I’m not religious or Catholic but it was quite insightful into the whole process and politics of it all. Edited well with a good use of sound it was also emotional, especially towards the end. You really feel the pain of the victim’s and want justice to be served. If you are a fan of documentaries I highly recommend it, out Thursday (March 20th) in Australia. B+
I’m planning on catching up on my watchlist some more over the next week with the upcoming releases not grabbing my attention. I will be checking out G.I Joe Retaliation next week (I haven’t seen the first). As always, your comments are more than welcome!