I am both surprised and delighted that this is not only the best superhero movie to date, (even eclipsing Spider-Man 2), but currently the best movie I've seen this year.
This is one lousy film. Redford gives a non-performance as some guy lost at sea. Why is he there? Who is he? Why should we care if he lives or dies? Where is he trying to go? The film is very undeveloped and amateurish... we are not told any of these things. Redford's "character" is obviously in trouble and in one scene after another, he is more deeply in trouble, but the ONLY thing we are given to focus on are the arbitrary catastrophies Redford faces, and these quickly begin to feel repetitious. I say,skip this stinker, and ignore the pretentious critics who liked it.
I halfway agree with you. Last Action Hero was by no means the disaster many made it out to be; the Razzie voters were as usual grandstanding and taking the easy way out. In fact, I wouldn't rate it any lower than True Lies, Commando, Eraser or some of the other successful Schwarzenegger films. If I remember correctly, the studio's big mistake was releasing it around the same time as some Spielberg flick involving dinosaurs. Oops!
I Just wanted to point that out. I never really liked Twins but love Last Action Hero. I loved how it made fun of itself and the Action genre. And all the inside jokes. I always felt like it was really underrated.
Thanks for the correction, Roaches. Since neither movie was particularly worth seeing again after the initial viewings roughly two-and-a-half decades ago, my memory doubtless is faulty on this.
Matt, you're wrong about something. In Last Action Hero he walks into Blockbuster video and see's A cardboard stand-up of Stallone as the Terminator in T2 :Judgement Day. It was in the movie Twins in what you were talking about in your review. I can't believe you got that wrong.
^ How so? I usually go to Concord Mills for IMAX movies, and it is as good as I've ever seen.
Down the road, it will hold up just fine on my flat screen TVs. They are 3D.
I would love to see it in 3D Imax, but what passes for Imax here in Charlotte, isn't really.
I think that dream sequice kinda rings true. After all it was her dream she was having not the film makers.
Holy cow. This review is one of the most insightful, referenced, expertly contrasted and written I've ever read. A piece of art in and of itself.
Just saw this movie this morning, and I'm still smiling. I disagree with your review wholeheartedly, especially the part where you write that the movie could have been called Alcottland or Shakespeareland. You really couldn't be more wrong, and I think it demonstrates that your review suffers from a degree of ignorance of Austen's work. Seeing the storyline of Pride and Prejudice echoed in multiple (and clever) ways was fun, entertaining and satisfying. And Jennifer Coolidge was brilliant.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. What movie were you watching. This movie is so completely Austeneaque in every way! The plot line is exactly the same as any Austen novel. The casting is perfect, and the belly laughs are plentiful. From the moment I saw Jane Seymour clutching that stuffed lamb, I know I was in for a treat. Austen novels are more fun and playful than stuffy English teachers and movie critics give them credit for. I love Mr. Darcy, and I love this film!!
nnekawells: Sad indeed, but thank goodness for DVD!
Can't believe you missed Fruitvsle Station!
Great list! Since I respect your choices of the great ones I've seen and loved, it makes me want to check out the ones on your list I haven't seen - which is what a good list should do, I reckon!
P. S. I agree that KING CREOLE is worth watching, and I liked ALMOST FAMOUS.
The Crow? Really? I thought it was boring.
Thanks for writing, davidhgi. I of course disagree that SUPERMAN doesn't hold up and was just "good for it's [SIC] time"; just because a movie doesn't have up-to-the-minute CGI doesn't mean it's outlived its usefulness or appeal. And by your logic, if I can't have V FOR VENDETTA, a movie about a costumed hero with no real superpowers, then I also can't have any movies featuring Batman, another costumed hero with no real superpowers. As for 300, that doesn't deserve to be on ANY "Best" list (although FROM HELL is very underrated).
Please Matt, don't do this ever again. There's no problem with your Worst list but your Best list was just a mess. "Superman"? It was good for it's time but doesn't hold up over time. It may deserve an honorable mention but to have it top the list but the superior sequel doesn't make it disrespect and invalidates the whole thing.
The same argument works against "X-Men" with it's convoluted plot and unremarkable performances of half the cast.
And play by the rules you set. If it's a list of superhero films and not general comic book based movies, then you can't have "V For Vendetta". Why not "300"? Or "From Hell"?
Just an odd list that shouldn't be repeated.
My bad; corrected. Thanks for the catch!
Just fyi, you wrote Sutton instead of Sutter a few times in the post.
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