This summer has been unusually quiet for me on the movie front. Sure, summer blockbuster season doesn’t tend to be the most intellectual of cinematic experiences, but I loves me an epic and things ‘sploding from time to time.
That said, I still haven’t managed to get out to Harry Potter, and in the last couple months I’ve only seen Cowboys and Aliens and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The premise of Cowboys is enough to get me out to it, even though I’d been hearing for a while before going that Joss did it better. (Well, duh.) And of course one must temper one’s expectations when a movie boasts five writers. It’s a pretty solid red flag.
All in all, an entertaining enough movie, but it wasn’t “good”, and Sherry and I agreed that it was like they had checklist of archetypes and stereotypes they just had to pack into this movie (maybe they were getting paid per?) From the hired hand who was the son that the hard, grizzled rancher always wanted to the whore with a heart of gold, it’s all in there.
But hey, Daniel Craig looks good dirty (and shirtless), and who doesn’t go to a Harrison Ford flick still hoping for classic Indie? Plus, Olivia Wilde gets her kit off if you’re into that sort of thing. (That girl should take a vacation; is there anything she hasn’t been in in the last year or two?)
I actually heard very little about Apes before it was released, and never saw a trailer, but it got really good reviews almost from the get-go, and the quality of the CGI was specifically mentioned a number of times, so I was intrigued. (I never saw the previous remake or most of the original series.)
But it was well done. I’m not a James Franco fan, but at least he wasn’t distractingly annoying. You could watch the apes without being constantly aware of the CGI, though there were moments of being impressed by it. (I am still stuck on how a molecular compound that enhances brain function somehow also made it physically possible for apes to speak in clear English, but whatever.)
I quite agree with the statement that this movie couldn’t have been made before now. Or if it had, it would have been horrific. I gather they used the technology pioneered in Avatar. And it’s not like Andy Serkis is ever going to get a role where he gets to just be some guy. But at least he’s good at his thing. 🙂
There was some suspension of disbelief, like the diabolical boss’ sudden turnaround in supporting research seconds after hollering about the project NEVER seeing the light of day. Cuz in science, finding out your star researcher did something illegal totally changes the direction of the company.
The movie would actually stand alone quite well, though this is Hollywood we’re talking about, so a sequel is pretty much inevitable. The movie does set up what we know happens from the original films, but actually did it in a way I didn’t find too heavy-handed. One gripe I’ve long had with Hollywood is how nothing can be allowed any subtlety. God forbid the morons are every confused for a second, or have to try and connect the dots…
In any case, if I manage to squeeze in Harry Potter I’ll be happy, and then I think I’m good for a few months until the Christmas season starts in November.