Upon first viewing in a theatre, I wasn’t a big fan of Abrams’ reboot; my review said so, and I caught a lot of hell for it. Watching it again on DVD a few months later, I have to admit I enjoyed the film a little more but not as much as others. For starters, Eric Bana’s villain stunk and the third act was something of a mess — especially the climax, which lacked the emotion necessary to make it something epic.
But for the most part the reboot was an enjoyable romp, perfect for television and now that Abrams and his writers have come up with this alternative universe to drop our beloved characters into (a brilliant idea), it should be interesting to see where they go.
I consider this to be an important headline because no one working in any part of Hollywood ever ever EVER blames anything on the “quality” of films. They’ll blame bad box office or home video revenue on piracy, new technology, mother nature and the economy — but never on the incontrovertible fact that the quality of motion pictures has declined something awful over the past decade.
The only problem is that the story doesn’t fit the headline.
–‘COWBOYS AND ALIENS’ OPENS TOMORROW–
For the first time in a long time, I’m drawn to see something in the theatre and will try to catch a matinee tomorrow. I like Daniel Craig, love director Jon Favreau, the title is awesome, the trailer even better, Westerns rule, and maybe — just maybe — after 15 disastrous years that culminated in the dreadfully embarrassing Indiana Jones IV, Harrison Ford will go back to being Harrison Ford again.
For whatever reason, I get the sense that Favreau also missed the real Ford, the Ford we both grew up with, the Ford who would’ve never had his chest waxed to save the stupid rain forest — and is going to use “Cowboys & Aliens” to do something about it.
A man can dream, right?
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
IN CASE YOU CARE: “G.I. JOE 2″ TO OPEN JUNE 29, 2012
CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY JULY 29, 2011
10:00 AM EST: Keeper Of The Flame (1942) — A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero. Dir: George Cukor Cast: Spencer Tracy , Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf. BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC.
One of Tracy and Hepburn’s lesser known entries but one of their most fascinating, thanks to the elegant direction of George Cukor, Oscar-winning Cinematographer William Daniels’ moody black and white photography and a splendid score.
Dark, gothic, a tad melodramatic, extremely well-acted, and working with a number of complicated and mature themes, even without the famous screen couple’s presence, you still have a fascinating and original film in your hands.
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