For the first time in a while, 3 movies in the theater worth dedicating a day to @ Universal. Thanks to the lax security and tremendously co-operating start times! And of course to my seat mate Kingsqueen.
First off I would like to disagree vehemently with Kings Provisional's portrayal of wolves up a few posts. The EVIL they represent is far overdone. No other animal mirrors the concepts of human family patterns as far as I know. For the most part wolves have been hunted to extinction and yet they are still persecuted. This is not the forum for it, but I can post all kinds of reference material but all you really need to know you can look up yourself.
And the fact that the wolves=villain a little too heavily is the ONLY problem I had with this movie. It's a tremendous film and Liam Neeson (as well as the rest of the cast) are just fantastic. It's a heavy, heartbreaking movie filled with characters that you love, who are torn away from you so savagely, so immediately, that you barely have time to mourn them before another horrible thing happens. It's about survival, and man's laughable inability to measure up to true nature, and it's the movie of the year for me so far. There is a framing device with Neeson's character that is done so well that when you get the 'reveal' it's shocking. And considering what else is happening in the movie at the same time...well, it got to me emotionally. CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH.
This was a nice little surprise. The kind of movie that they don't make anymore, and yes, I know that sounds cliche'. It's an old school atmosphere/jump scare movie. The funniest thing is that it's basically the 'strange happinings in an English village' portion of the Hot Fuzz storyline. My only complaint is that it was a little repetetive as far as the attempts to scare. Too many fuzzy face when someone turns around scares back to back. I have to figure it has something to do with folks just not knowing how to make movies like this anymore. Minor complaint really. Saw it with a healthy crowd of 'youngsters', who laughed at a lot of the cues, simply because they were old fashioned and kids are jaded today. I really feel for Daniel Radcliffe. He really is a decent actor and is trying so hard to distance himself, but the repeated 'Get you wand out Harry' taunts from the audience makes me think he is facing a real battle with that.
Thankfully all the 'best superhero movie' praise on this one are well earned. Through all the origin movies that we have all suffered, you never really related. You never get that 'wow, that could happen to me' feeling. Until this. And it's really a portrait of what would happen if people who don't deserve powers all of a sudden got some. No nobel causes, just having the ability to give yourself over to your base desires. Revenge, personal gain, and just simply being a massive *******. The only drawback was the third act. It was effects heavy and for the first time in the movie it seemed like the director lost the ability to balance story and character with a 'big finish'. Not at all a deal killer and I still highly recommend it.
For the first time in a long while I am not ashamed to look at the top 3 movies of the weekend. Please America...let's see more of this. Smart, entertaining movies that do not cater to lowest common denominators.