Saturday, August 8, 2015
Released: November 17, 2014
Drama, limited release
Not Rated; 2 hrs 3 mins
Directed: James Marsh
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
When I rented this from the Box, I knew I would have a hard time watching this flick. Seeing someone in a wheelchair, dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, is painful to take in. I knew little of Stephen Hawking other than he is a brilliant man. I wanted this flick to be a documentary of his life and I didn't get it. What I got was a sensitive, brilliant, story of a genius, his wife, and family during a difficult time in the 60's. Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones, is equally as brilliant, with Redmayne, who won the Oscar for best actor. Critics need to understand that Hawking's story is still fluid and its hard to bring this man's contribution to mankind in two hours. We know Hawking is a smart man, but Marsh wants us to focus on Jane's relationship with Hawking and how she coped with his disease. Marsh accomplishes his goal in a tantalizing fashion. If released again in the theater, I would see it...again! The Theory of Everything is convincing and desirable portrait of a genius!
Released: January 23, 2015
Rated R: Comedy, Adventure, Action
1 hr 49 minutes
Directed: David Koepp
Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Ewan McGregor
After watching the disaster 'Get Hard' and 10 hours of the Marx Brothers, I plugged this flick called Mortdecai. Let me say upfront, I was privy to the glamorous reviews Mortdecai received...yes I'm being facetious! My friends at Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, and critics all around the world aren't kind to Mr. Koepp, Depp, and the rest. A play on Sherlock Holmes, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau/Pink Panther fame, and Benny Hill. When Depp hit the screen, the first person that came to mind was Peter Sellers...and I thought this flick was funny! Of course after watching the debacle of Ferrell/Hart anything flick would be a hoot!
Mortdecai, played by Depp, is an art thief who has fallen on hard times and owes the Queen millions in back taxes. His wife, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, are forced to sell their fortunes to pay back the debt, but Mortdecai refuses. A famous painting comes up missing and a Scotland Yard Detective, played by Ewan McGregor, solicits Mortdecai to find the painting.
The best actor on the flick is Paul Bettany, who plays Jack, Depp's bodyguard, side kick, and British gigolo to all beautiful women! Bettany is your typical GI Joe Doll and Stretch Armstrong...takes a beating but not by the bad guys, by Mortdecai himself! Shot three times during the flick, he remains loyal to his boss and saves the day at the end. Toss the horrid reviews aside, spend two hours and see if you get a good laugh...could be worse...you could watch 'Get Hard'.....
Released: March 27, 2015
Starring: Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell
Rated R: Comedy, 1hr 39 Mins.
What do you expect from two funny men? This plot was made for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, but all we get is a juvenile mess with stereotypical play on race, rape and sex. You go into this one wanting to laugh your ass of, but zero execution by Ferrell. Ferrell appears bored and resigning to the fact his career has succumb to an abyss of failure.
Are the days of Anchor Man gone? Kevin Hart tries to hold this homophobic dump together, but receives no help from Ferrell. I made the mistake of Redboxing this one instead of waiting for R1G14F and I regret it. This flick is just plain stupid! After watching this horrid wretch, I plugged into 10 hours of the Marx Brothers...that Harpo is a hoot!