Monday, August 22, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 22 August 2011


Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
The Beaver (2011)
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer (2010)
Super Size Me (2003)
In Bruges (2010)

Full reviews after the jump...



Movie:
The Beaver (2011)
In Short:
It stars Mel Gibson speaking in an accent (albeit through a hand puppet)...so it must incredible, right?  Not so fast.  The Beaver (directed by Jodie Foster, interestingly enough) tells the story of a toy company CEO who is fed up with life, and copes with his sudden mental illness by speaking through a Beaver hand puppet.  It's about as weird as it sounds, but there are some touching moments and it is a very interesting look at mental illness and the ways people can find to cope with it.  But at the end of the day, the movie doesn't come together very well, and by the end you are happy to be done listening Mel blabber.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
5.5/10





Movie:
In Short:
I heard bits and pieces of the Elliot Spitzer saga, but I never realized how large of a political figure he was at the time of the scandal.  Spitzer was the newly elected Governor of New York, and a potential future presidential candidate, when it was discovered that he had been spending some time with ladies of the night, aka hookers.  All hell broke loose and he crashed and burned even faster then he risen to the top.  The film gives you a straightforward look at the scandal and at Spitzer himself, and, while nothing fantastic, is an interesting look at one of the biggest political scandals of recent memory.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
6.5/10





Movie:
In Short:
Fast food is terrible for you...duh.  Super Size Me watches Morgan Spurlock eat nothing but McDonalds for 30 days and chronicles the awful effects it has on his body.  Along the way he takes a look at American eating habits in general, and comments on just how out of control they have gotten.  The movie got a ton of press and people were shocked at the physical changes he saw in 30 days, but, frankly, I was not.  The movie is full of interesting points and opinions, but peoples' shock and awe at his health deterioration was blown out of proportion.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
6.5/10




Movie:
In Bruges (2008)
In Short:
This movie got quite a bit of positive press when it came out in 2008, but it really didn't do it for me.  It tells the story of two hit men who are hiding out in Bruges, Belgium, until the fallout from their slightly botched last job blows over.  Brendan Gleesen and Colin Farrell are excellent as the hit men odd-couple, and Ralph Fiennes (aka Voldemort) play a character named Harry, which I find just hilarious.  Outside of the solid performances, the movie feels rushed and the climax clashes with the mood of the film and leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
Bagpipe-o-Meter:
5.0/10

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