This week has been chock full of movies, which is good for entertainment and bad for the pocketbook. Last Friday we caught the sneak preview of Legally Blonde, and then went down the hall to see Kiss of the Dragon. Wednesday, Final Fantasy came out, and tonight we're going to see The Score.
I highly recommend Legally Blonde -- it was terribly funny, and I think Reese Witherspoon is an amazing actress; she brings intelligence to every role she's in, and this role is no exception. We'll have to overlook her questionable taste in husbands, though -- I hear Ryan Phillipe is now sporting a mohawk. Eek.
Kiss of the Dragon was merely okay. I am amazed by Jet Li's martial arts skills, and the action scenes cannot be beat; however, after you take out the4 action scenes, there's still 60% of the movie left that left me rather dissapointed. Jet Li is no Jackie Chan; I sensed a distinct lack of personality, and the plot was rather banal. This would be a good matinee movie -- probably not worth the full evening price, now that it costs as much as half a tank of gas.
Final Fantasy on the other hand, is definitely worth the cost of full price admission. I didn't go into this movie with a lot of expectations; I generally find animation that tries to emulate "real humans" a little distracting and it feels somehow wrong. This was not the case with Final fantasy; my hesitance was washed away with the amazing first few scenes that indluced some of the most realistic landscaping I've ever seen. And the voice acting was pretty good -- Ming Na Wen, Ving Rhames, Steve Buschemi and Peri Gilpin all were wonderful. Alec Baldwin was in there as well, but once I recognized the voice, I had a hard time reconciling the way his character looked and his voice -- they seemed a bit too in conflict with one another. I would have rather either had a different actor voice him, or have the character look a bit more like Alec Baldwin.
The plot was interesting as well, though there have been others who said the plot was see through and everything except the animation was terrible. I disagree whole heartedly.
But you should see for yourself.
As for The Score, I have mixed feelings. The trailers just didn't look that interesting, but Roger Ebert, among others, have given the film rave reviews. And, I suppose, how many more chances are we going to get to see Brando and DeNiro work together? I'll let you know how it goes.