Brittany Runs a Marathon
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Does that "Starts in the middle of the action the flashes back to the start" thing that crops up sometimes, which I don't really like in movies. I think it works well for the ocassional episode of television and sometimes works out in mystery films, but even then, usually not. In a regular movie it mostly just feels like either they didn't have faith that their movie could keep audiences interested until the action kicks off later on, or they just can't figure out a decent way to start their movie off. Maybe both.
Anyway, trying to pass off Josh Hutcherson as a brutish bad boy is fuckin' laughable and this whole thing is woefully under-explored. Can't think of anything quite like it I've seen before though, so points for that.
Rocketman tries to walk a line between the paint-by-numbers musician biopic bog standard, and epic musical fantasy. A lot of the time when a movie tries to be a blend of two things, it ends up being neither. Rocketman, conversely, ends up being both, just never at the same time. It's basically two movies, and that epic musical fantasy movie I was talking about that's in there, that's a great movie. Unfortunately, the other one, is not so much. I'm still gonna come away giving it a recommendation, because there is enough in there to mean that I enjoyed it, especially in the core casting, all of which is great, not least Egerton. But I was little disappointed, not because my expectations were too high going in or anything, but because every time Rocketman began to slip into a euphoric high, it was moments later wrenched back to, well... Reality, I guess. Albeit a reality we only see on a movie screen. And we see on every movie screen when it's a musician biopic. I mean, this is Elton John we're talking about, if there was ever a moment to reject the mundane and fully embrace the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy it was here. But Rocketman just kind of Awkward Christian Camp Side Hugs the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy.
God. It's been less than a week, and until I saw this in my diary, I had already completely forgotten that I ever watched it. Now that I've had my memory jogged, I can recall exactly three things about my experience with The Tracker.
1) Dolph Lundgren is in it, he is capable of both sitting in the city and standing in the country.
2) Most or all of it takes place in Italy, but the leads I'm pretty sure were Swedish and American.
3) While watching it, my roommate walked off at one point, came back about ten minutes later and said "Oh shit I totally forgot we started watching a movie".
The jump in video quality from the first Open Water movie to this one is astounding. But it's still real bad. Plus, this isn't even a shark movie! I know it isn't specifically touted to be one, but I was still very surprised. Honestly, I think what happened here was someone wanted to make a very stupid movie, but were then informed that a movie, near identical in both plot and stupidity, already existed, and to cover their tracks, they quickly decide all of a sudden that this movie was a "sequel" to the original Open Water. I guess it was kind of cool seeing the guy that plays Loki/Gabriel in Supernatural in another role, but I can't imagine that's a thing that'll carry much weight with audiences in general.
Teacher is an interesting one. It's not shot especially well, and some of the acting could have been better. Not David Dastmalchian though, he was fantastic. Which I guess was kind of a surprise, not because I've ever seen him be bad in anythinng before, just because I don't think he's ever had the oppurtunity of enouygh screen time to prove it before. At least not in anything that I've watched. But as much as Teacher gives him the oppurtunity to shine, what it's really about is bullying. The message it drives is somewhat muddled, but it revolves around the cycle of violence, and the choices we make when we're caught in it. I don't know if I agree with everything Teacher has to say on the subject, but this isn't propaganda, so not being on the same page doesn't render the thing moot.