This week we took on Now You See Me 2. A confusing jumbled romp back into the world of the Four Horsemen. The movie touts excellent visual effects and a stellar cast but it falls short in many ways. Unfortunately, unless you've seen the first movie you'll end up incredibly confused. You may end up confused even if you have seen the first movie.
The tricks themselves are entertaining enough to watch, however, the plot is muddled.
Take a listen to the new episode and let us know if you agree.
As I sit here freezing in my office it occurs to me that the Revenant is the perfect movie for this wintery week. Why? You're already cold anyway, you may as well watch a movie that will make you grateful that you have a roof over your head and warm clothes to put on.
This week we reviewed the Revenant, the movie for which Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar. I think we may have done more research for this movie than we have with any others. The man the movie is based on, Hugh Glass, is a legend in his own right. The explorer lived a very exciting and varied life.
The movie itself was shot beautifully in all natural locations. For me that makes the movie far more visceral than what it could have been had it been shot on green screen or in a studio. I'm not even certain that you could have made the movie unless you were in the natural elements. The performance from DiCaprio is nuanced and beautiful. It was one of the few occasions in which I've seen an actor fully inhabit a character to the point where you begin to forget that it's not real.
Please pardon the infant in the background. Chris and CC's son decided to make a stealthy cameo that we were unable to edit out of the episode. Hope you enjoy!
I've been sitting here staring at the screen for ten minutes trying to come up with a base description for the movie we reviewed this week. The problem is that the movie was so forgettable and inconsequential that I just can't seem to find the right words to describe it.
It's not that the movie was bad. It really wasn't awful. It just wasn't all that fantastic either. Even this supplementary blog post keeps stalling out. Everything is distracting me from my main purpose.
RIPD is about a cop who is double crossed by his partner. When he arrives in "heaven" after falling to his death, he is put to work rounding up escaped souls and finding a way to stave off the apocalypse. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges turn in passable performances even though they are playing every character they've ever played in this movie. Certainly not their best film, but far from their worst.
I've never read the graphic novel that this was based on so I have no idea if this is a faithful adaptation or not. I was overall entertained by the movie as I was watching, but now that it's over? Meh.
As exciting as this post was, I hope you'll still take the time to listen to the episode. It'll certainly be more fun that watching the movie itself.