"cw gortner" wrote:
I also saw Avatar
in digital 3D this weekend; after all the hoopla, I was definitely impressed by the visuals - there are several Wow!! moments - but for me it lacked soul. I left the movie theatre in awe of what I'd seen but not moved - or at least not the way I was moved by Fergie singing "Be Italian" in Nine
For me it was not so much that it lacked soul but that the story relied on some many over-used tropes. It really could have been so much more than it was.
That said, for it's length, I was never bored and never once thought about what time it was until the big climax starts to build and I was actually a bit disappointed it was coming to an end. I also was really impressed with Sam Worthington. What he was able to do with acting in CGI and in "reality" was a quiet and subtle performance I found impressive.
Significantly underwhelmed by Sherlock Holmes
. A bit too gimmicky for me and the smug pat-itself-on-the-back tone bled through for me. I suspect it will win awards and filthy lucre beyond all expectations. Sadly I also think it will regurgitate even more classic stories into CGI smarmy action driven swill. Rachel McAdams though practically glows in every scene. Whatever they used to film her should be smear on the lens of anything Barbara Walters pops up on instead of that blurry vaselined bit she has going that always has me wondering what the cleaning lady used on my screen.
also fell a little flat for me. Was relieved at the ending. Decent comedy but not laugh out loud for me. Alec Baldwin though has never charmed me beyond his Schweaty Balls bit on classic SNL so that played a big role probably in how invested I was. Overall though I thought the script was a bit weaker than it should have been with the likes of Streep and Martin. Then again I can't help but suspect that too many times scripts tend to be conversely weaker the bigger the names on the marquee.
I finally caught the Blindside as well. Nice toasty warm-hearted movie. The real life aspect also was strong.
I liked Invictus as a whole but I thought the casting actually did not work for me. This was the type of movie that might have been better served by not having the big names in it. It felt like a "this is an important award-worthy movie" trying to pretend to be a sleeper indie that ends up capturing a huge word-of-mouth following. I'm not sure if that makes sense or not.
And that was my movie going experience over the holidays.