For the week of August 3, 2012 – we review the remake of Total Recall and the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid. We also take a look back at Dark Knight Rises.
Colin Farrell stars in this remake of the sci-fi trash classic that Arnold Scwarzenegger starred in over 20 years ago. Is it too early to call Arnie’s film a classic? Can we even call anything that Arnie was in a classic? Except for Maria of course! Comedic drum roll please!
It’s essentially the original film decorated with props from Blade Runner. It doesn’t stray too far from the first film, one wonders why bother making it then? They could have done something completely different with the source material by Philip K. Dick, but they went for the “easy” film instead. It’s fun, but nothing you haven’t seen before.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Based on the bestselling kid’s books, this movie will probably bore the adults out there to death, but your 8 year olds will love it. It’s easy to look down on stuff like this, but there’s worse things to do then make things that someone will enjoy, in this case – something for the preteens. This is the 3rd film in the series, expect a couple of more!
Dark Knight Rises
I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve come to the conclusion that you really have to watch the Dark Knight Rises as the third act of a 9-hour story encompassing all 3 of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. Watching it as a whole, really makes you appreciate what Nolan was trying to do with these 3 movies, do the life story of Bruce Wayne – from him as a young boy watching his parents die before his eyes to what may be the end of his career. The 3rd film does stand alone quite well, but it works so well with the other 2, making it much more.
If I do have any complaints, it’s that that 3rd film doesn’t have enough Batman, nor James Gordon, but if you watch the 3 movies as a whole, it makes a lot of sense. The addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the cast brings it even further. My one major complaint, was that there was absolutely no need at all for Ann Hathaway’s Catwoman in this movie, except for eyecandy of course, as she leaned over in skintight leather straddling a phallic shaped “Bat bike”.
All in all, an excellent film that you have to see!