You know, a movie trailer can give us expectations about a film. It tells us a certain amount about a film so to draw us in and make us want to see it. And sometimes not. Sometimes it just lies.
Now that we are wrapped in the bony clutches of October, it’s time for an update of the always wonderful Shriekfest 2011! I find myself always looking forward to this festival every year. I love the first weekend of October as much as Halloween itself.
I was looking forward to seeing this film because I really like Joseph Gordon Levitt and I had heard it was based on a true story. Both of these things came together well in what is a really good film. Still hung over from the abuse I took from Green Hornet, my Seth Rogen annoyance level was humming.
When you do a remake – or in this case a prequel that seems like a remake – you have to do some things that add to the film you’re remaking to make it somehow new. This has been done with varying degrees of success over the years, and this new version of The Thing falls somewhere in the middle. How’s that for a glowing endorsement?
Ok, it’s not necessarily a film one might think a bunch of “comedy film nerds” would be focusing on, but hey, the comic book movies are done for the year, so let’s delve into some meaty character driven drama, shall we? Time to find out why they aren’t given out press passes so readily.
Some movies offer you a message that is perhaps new or refreshing, some tell you something you already knew. But, if we’re lucky, all the other elements of the film add up to something worth watching. To my delight, such is the case with The Ides of March.
Sometimes, you really look forward to a film. A great, personal premise, great actors, and a cool location start things off and you figure you are off to the races. Then the film has a generational feel to it with some added organic nostalgia, a whiff of melancholy and an exploration of life and what people do with it. Cool. Wait… that wasn’t this movie. How did things go so horribly wrong with this film?