Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekly Round-Up (6/2/13 - 6/8/13)

A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone) ***1/2 - Had a mini-marathon of the first two films of Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy that I still haven't seen a.k.a. films I should have seen by now. The first one is a Western remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and pretty much follows the same plot. It's my least favorite of the trilogy but that's not to say it isn't a pretty great film. It takes a while to get going and could have used a bit more of the black humor of the original but when it gets going, it never lets up. Extra points for the great Ennio Morricone score.

For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone) **** - Now THIS film I loved. The second in the Dollars trilogy is a thrilling, classic Sergio Leone spaghetti Western, almost as great as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef are marvelous together as a pair of bounty hunters trying to bring down a gang of murderous bank robbers. It's fun, it's thrilling and even though it's well over two hours, the time seems to just fly by. It's everything I want in a great Western. Again, extra points for the great Ennio Morricone score.

Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh) ***1/2 - I must say it is VERY refreshing to see a nice, intelligent grown-up film for a change. Which is what this is. It's not perfect. But I'll take it. At first, I thought it would be about the pharmaceutical industry and how people are over-medicating themselves but as it turns out, it's about something else entirely. The big twist is KIND OF problematic but Soderbergh's direction and the great cast, especially Rooney Mara, keeps things credible and gripping.

The Hangover Part III (Todd Phillips) **1/2 - First, the positives: I like the fact that this is NOT so much of a remake of the first film like the second film was and this makes it a notch above Part II. There are a few laughs to be had but it's nowhere near as funny as the first one. This one suffers from being a tonal mess. It seems to want to be an action-thriller-comedy but it does not seem to find the right tone in order to blend those elements together in something consistent and cohesive since the darker elements often jar the wacky, broad humor.

2 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the Hangover 3 buddy, I guess it's good that that's all coming to an end now. Those Dollars films sound amazing though, I've got to check them out!

Styron said...

I still have to see the second of the Dollars!