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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Robin Hood by Ridley Scott, 2010 (PG-13)

With Russell Crowe (American Gangster, The Next Three Days), Cate Blanchett (Bandits, Hanna), Max von Sydow (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon, Shutter Island, Intacto), William Hurt, Mark Strong (Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy), Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy, Agora), Danny Huston (The Conspirator), Dame Eileen Atkins (Wild Target, Beautiful Creatures), Mark Addy (Barney's Version), Matthew Macfadyen

The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. When Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in this big-budget twist on the classic tale. There, Robin assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow; and draws the ire of the town sheriff.

Hum... Interesting point of view, and rewriting of the history. Although I would be cautious with the timing of the romantic story, which is totally absurd. Other elements as well, to tell the truth. It is a too feel good movie to be serious, and at the same time, does not try to be funny, so we make fun of it instead. The hyper-realism makes its point, aside from that, and the scenes are well taken care of esthetically.

What you will learn from the movie: Richard Lion Heart died in a small town of France named Châlus. Read about the new movie of Ridley Scott "Prometheus".

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Please Give by Nicole Holofcener, 2010 (R)

With Catherine Keener (Peace Love and Misunderstanding, SimOne, Out of Sight), Amanda Peet, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Kevin Corrigan (Unstoppable)...

"Kate has a lot on her mind. There's the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store. And how much markup can she get away with? There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There's the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business and life with her husband Alex but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And, there's Kate's free-floating 21st century malaise -- the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door. Plus, there's the neighbors: cranky, elderly Andra and the two granddaughters who look after her." Google

From the trailer, I was expecting something more caustic, drastically unpolitically correct. It would be fair to say it is a great film, the dialogues as really good and the actors perfect. Scene after scene, we enjoy the cohabitation of such characters. They are all very attaching in their way. What is lacking is a bigger sense of the story. Each scene looks too detached from the previous one to finally make you feel that this movie has a weakness, although it has such a great potential. Frustrating.

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Date Night by Shawn Levy, 2010 (PG-13)

With Steve Carell (Hope Springs, Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Crazy Stupid Love, Dan In Real Life, Get Smart), Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg (Broken City, The Fighter, Contraband, The Italian Job), Taraji P. Henson (Larry Crowne), Jimmi Simpson, Common (Now You See Me, American Gangster), William Fichtner, Leighton Meester, J.B. Smoove, Kristen Wiig (Despicable Me 2, All Good Things, Bridesmaids, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, How to train your dragon, Friends with Kids), Mark Ruffalo (Begin Again, Thanks for Sharing, Now You See Me, Margaret, The Kids Are All Right, Shutter Island, Avengers), James Franco (127 Hours, Milk, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Annapolis, Eat Pray Love), Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Blood Ties), Bill Burr

In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.

I didn't think that a funny-don't think too much movie would actually make me think about couples and how they transform over the year. And specially how to prevent it from becoming a true friendship. So, I actually liked it, it was fun, crazy and a good reminder.

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