Movie Reviews: Oct. 1, 2012
Bob Richards has his movie reviews. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Adam Sandler’s last two films haven’t performed well at the box office, but Hotel Transylvania has changed all of that. It brought in 43 million dollars and broke the record for the biggest September opening ever. In second place, Looper also did very well with 21.2 million and Won’t Back Down only pulled in 2.7 million for 10th place.
(Looper – Tristar Pictures – Rated R)
The somewhat mind bending time travel film, Looper stars Joseph Gordon Levitt who does an admirable job mimicking Bruce Willis. The makeup makes him resemble Willis, but also limits his performance somewhat. Willis does what Willis does. And the film has fun with these two fine actors playing the same character 30 years apart. I also liked Jeff Daniels’ underplayed performance as a mob boss. The film has great action, looks cool, has some things to think about, but never gets complicated. Looper is super! 4 Stars Out of 5
(Won’t Back Down – 20th Century Fox – Rated PG)
While Won’t Back Down is a little melodramatic at times, this story, based on true events, stars two terrific actresses, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis who both turn in award – worthy performances. This outstanding, inspirational film has been called controversial. But I just call it terrific.
4 Stars Out of 5
(Two Days in New York – Magnolia Pictures – Rated R)
Frequently quite funny, Julie Delpy’s Two Days in New York has a lot to like. Delpy wrote stars in and directed it…her directional style is vibrant but not obtrusive, the story is pleasurable and the cast is, overall, delightful. This fun film, for me, was a bit soured by too much Obama worship. Don’t we already see enough of him 24/7? Why do I need to see more in a movie? Was this “Two Days With Obama?” Other than that, I liked it. 3 Stars Out of 5
(Hotel Transylvania – Sony – Rated PG)
Hotel Transylvania features poop jokes, Adam Sandler and monsters….not necessarily in that order. Sandler sings, does a bad Bela Lugosi impersonation and in the movie, stupid puns abound. Problem is, it is all pretty tame. There are no real laughs; it has no edge, or any kind of plot to speak of. Humans are the real monsters here and it gets a little preachy…moralizing to the point of turnoff. Adults might have trouble keeping their eyes open, while kids might enjoy some of the very elementary potty humor. All I have to say about Hotel Transylvania is…blah…blah…3 Stars Out of 5
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