Let’s start with the “good” of bad movies – The Love Guru. Yes, this was one of the silliest, stupidest, most poorly written pieces of garbage I have seen in some time… but you know what? It was funny. Of course, it had all the same shticks as every Mike Myers film. Of course, it had all the same campy one-liner puns. Of course, there was nothing remotely intelligent about the film. In the end though, it just didn’t matter.
Mike Myers doing over-the-top characters is what we loved about him in Saturday Night Live, its what we loved about him in the Austin Powers films, its what we love about him period. If you love your movies stupid and you are a fan of his previous work – this one will be like sugar to your sweet tooth.
One thing that totally cracked me up when watching this film wasn’t related to the picture itself. Blake and I went to the discount theater a block away from the office (50 cent night) and I actually saw a couple sneak into the movie. Yeah, and we are not talking about kids or even poor college students – these were adults. Haha – nice… the lovely lady should probably evaluate this relationship with a dude who won’t fork over 50 cents for movie night with his honey. (Uh no – he didn’t spring for the popcorn and drink either.) 🙂
RATING 7 out of 10
Flights of fancy are one thing – I can suspend disbelief with the best of them… sometimes a film asks a bit too much though. Death Sentence is a movie that I was interested in initially. Who doesn’t like a good white-bread-America-fights-back vigilante movie? The reason I didn’t see if before now is that literally the same day it started advertising, the Jodie Foster (The Brave One) vigilante flick also began advertising.
Kevin Bacon did a great job as usual – there’s a reason why so many actor can connect themselves to his films – not only is he prolific, but he is the kind of actor you want to work with. The real problem here was that the leaps were sooo outrageous. The scenes were created for effect instead of following some narrative sense. Here’s what happens when you take a good setup and get a crazy treatment by a horror director (Sam Wan). The action was definitely riveting, the script was extremely week, and direction was too stylized.
RATING 5 out of 10
That reminded me that I actually saw The Brave One about a month ago and never reviewed it. Long story short, it was the same story as I suspected. The writing was a little deeper (barely) but the fact that I had to look up the synopsis on IMDB to remember it speaks volumes about how very little replay (or memory) value either of these two vigilante films will have.
RATING 5 out of 10