Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday Movie Madness!

I've watched quite a few movies recently. Here's a brief review of each:

Michael Clayton: We watched this with our friends during our Grand Canyon trip. It's up for quite a few significant Oscars, including Best Picture. It's a well-directed story about a "fixer" for a law firm dealing with a company with some shady morals. The film creatively leads the audience from confusion to clarity as Michael Clayton (George Clooney) goes through the same process. Tom Wilkinson is phenomenal as a disillusioned lawyer, and I am beginning to really respect him for his acting abilities. I really enjoyed the film. It was intense, well-acted, well-directed, and raised a number of moral questions about truth. Will it win Best Picture? We shall see....

The King of Kong: It's a documentary about video game nerds. I know, that sounds geeky. But it's a very good film. The story revolves around a regular guy trying to beat the Donkey Kong high score. But the film makers create a story filled with drama and tension, including a hero (Steve Wiebe, the underdog protagonist) fighting the empire (Twin Galaxies, a video game referee organization) and its evil villain (Billy Mitchell, the Donkey Kong high-score-holder). I found myself fascinated with the story and rooting for Steve. Who knew Donkey Kong was such a big deal?

Definitely, Maybe: Katie and I watched this for Valentine's Day. It was much better than expected, and Ryan Reynolds was surprisingly good. It felt really long (even though it's less than 2 hours) and had a lot of random scenes focusing around Bill Clinton (why?). Overall, it was cute. Yes, cute. Nothing more, nothing less.

No Country for Old Men: This film about a stolen case of money and the violent consequences that ensue is one of the best of the year. I watched this in a packed theater where the average age was over 70. I sat directly next to an elderly woman who constantly mumbled and behind a woman who frantically jumped every time Anton (Javier Bardem) entered the scene. It actually made the experience of watching this film fascinating, as the film deals with the elderly's reaction to the continuing rise brutality of violence and greed in our culture. As the title describes--and as Tommy Lee Jones perfectly embodies--our culture is shifting into a society that leaves those with gray hair uncomfortable. Being surrounded by "old men," I found myself watching for their reactions to the film. Overall, the movie is tense and gritty, and has some beautiful cinematography. Bardem and Jones give extremely powerful performances. The story deals with some important moral questions about greed, violence, sin, and society. I really enjoyed it. I can understand why it would leave some moviegoers unsatisfied. It doesn't fully resolve, which makes us uncomfortable. But then again....

1 comment:

  1. Arg... darn you for going all "Sopranos" on your No Country review.