Thursday November 23rd 2017

A trip down Hollywood lane…

It’s been too long since I’ve written for Free Gotham, and way too long since I’ve contributed to Gotham Hollywood. So, here we go.

I’ve been a busy guy, and yet somehow I have found time to fill my head with the latest offerings from Hollywood.

Captain America: The First Avenger

I have always been a comic book fan, but I’ve never classified myself as a nerd. I enjoyed the comics as a young kid and still enjoy the movies, but I’m not one of those people who cry foul when Wolverine’s beard isn’t exactly like it was in the original comic.

There have been a lot of great comic book movies…Thor, X-Men: First Class, Iron Man/2, Batman…I was excited for Captain America, and I’ve got to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

It’s a black and white movie with a great cast and a solidly written story. The Red Skull is fantastic. Captain America is an outstanding citizen who most can relate with…there’s no muddying the message of what he sets out to do, it’s clear cut…He wants to fight for his country and stand up for what’s right. I’m shocked Hollywood let that one slip by without some sort of Lefty plot line.

All in all, it’s a fun movie to watch. By the end of the movie, you’re on the edge of your seat wanting more, but you don’t get it…Instead, you get an exceptional cliffhanger that tries – and succeeds – to prepare you for next year’s Avengers movie.

Go see this movie.

The Devil’s Double

I had insanely high expectations for this movie, and I’m not 100% sure why…Ever since I saw the first trailer, I was hooked, and I’ll be honest: I didn’t know a whole lot about Uday Hussein and his body double. I just thought it looked like an extremely entertaining movie and storyline.

I was right.

Dominic Cooper is a name you’re going to be hearing much more in the future. Whether it’s because of his talked about Oscar nomination for his role as Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia, the body double. Yeah, that’s right, Cooper played both roles, and he played both roles exceptionally well.

After the movie, I realized how incredible of an actor Cooper really is. Not only did he have to play two completely different characters (Uday is a psychopathic rapist with absolutely no conscience while Latif is a an honest man who agrees to be Uday’s fiday only to protect his family), but he had to act as Latif trying to act as Uday.

I was extremely impressed with Cooper’s performance. While I’ve read reviews claiming the story is a bit weak and it missed a huge opportunity to play in the political world, I disagree. This is a movie based on a true story…I didn’t want to hear about Saddam; I didn’t want sympathy or outrage for the dictator because this movie wasn’t about him. This movie was about the life that Uday Hussein ruined for his own benefit…By portraying this story, I believe the movie succeeded in showing the heinous viciousness of the Hussein family, thus revealing an “insider’s look” at Saddam’s regime.

It’s a rough film and at times it’s hard to stomach, but it is such a beautifully shot movie with an out-of-this world performance by Cooper that I left the theater wanting to do it all over again.

Run to see this movie.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I was excited for this film. I’ve always been a fan of this series and the trailers make this prequel look legit.

The film served as an absolutely perfect prequel. It laid the groundwork for the future of the series without being blatantly obvious in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

What is there to say? The special effects were incredible (no humans playing monkeys in this one), the story was great and the ending was right on the money.

In all honesty, the only thing the movie didn’t blow my mind with were the humans…the movie is all about the monkeys. James Franco played his character fine, but he isn’t integral to the awesomeness of the movie. The audience cares about the monkeys, in particular Franco’s Caesar. He takes on a human emotion that immediately connects you with him. At times, it’s tough to watch him be abused, but it only fuels his character for the finale of the film.

I was not expecting the apes to speak…but when they did, I found myself cheering quietly to myself, but audible enough for my neighbor to join in. There was something about this movie that sucked me and the entire theater in.

I loved it. If you are a fan of the series, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not, suspend your belief that humans could never be taken over by monkeys and enjoy yourself.

Crazy Stupid Love

Believe it or not, I was looking forward to seeing this one…I think Steve Carell is a great actor and he always plays the oafish innocent guy to a “t.” Nothing’s different in this movie.

Carell was hilarious as the victim of adultery. Ryan Gosling portrayed his “mentor” in a manner that didn’t make you think he was a sleazebag, but that he actually cared for Carell. Julianne Moore was a good partner for Carell…Marisa Tomei was inexplicably nuts, which fit her character perfectly. The story could take or leave Kevin Bacon as an actor…but the shining star in this film is Emma Stone, who is now out celebrating the release of her other movie, The Help, that came out today.

This is more than just your standard chick flick; it’s actually an enjoyable comedy with a realistic feel-good story. Gotham Hollywood recommends it.

So, it seems like I love every movie I see…I’m the type of person who can find the good in a movie, but let me say this: If a movie sucks, I’ll let you know. The Tree of Life, which was supposed to be this epic, life-changing piece of cinema is easily one of the worst three films I’ve ever seen. It’s horrible. So there…4 positive reviews and one insanely awful review.

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