Why have Thanksgiving when you can go to the movies?
So I'm trying to see as many films as possible while I'm at home, since more stuff plays here.
Before I left I saw Casino Royale in Providence. It was too long, but really fun, and maybe the only Bond film I've ever seen, since they usually look dumb to me. Really leaves you on a high. Daniel Craig is stellar. Eva Green (she's one sexy bitch) and Judi Dench (ditto) are great, too. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's really got its shit together.
Verdict: "Impeccable popcorn entertainment. Daniel Craig is sexy."
Then last night I saw The Fountain... and... like, whoa. No film has ever left me so speechless. But that's not necessarily a good thing. I really don't know what to say about it. It's brilliant and visionary, but also kind of boring and flat. When I told my friend I'd just seen it, he told me he heard it was "pretentious crap," and that's not far off the mark, really. Though I think that shortchanges it a bit. I think it's worth seeing; there's a lot of great stuff to admire, even if the whole is kind of... not much. The characters are never really drawn out in any depth, though the actors do much to compensate. The story is kind of jumbled and incoherent, but the images and music are so compelling that it almost doesn't matter. A true perplexity. UPDATE: I have of course seen this again, and now I'm pretty sure I love it. Full review and/or top ten list entry coming soon. But suffice it to say, this film is brilliant. Imperfect, perhaps... but still brilliant.
I didn't love this film on first viewing, but that's okay. It demands patience. You need to meet it on its own terms. But if you do, you'll find ample rewards. Just let it wash over you and prepare to be carried away. You owe it to yourself to try.
Verdict: "Transcendent. Jackman at the peak of his powers. A musical score for the ages. Stunning visuals. SEE IT."