Feature – Buy, Rent, or Skip

We Are Marshall = Rent

You have to be made of stone not to feel for the story of We Are Marshall.The plot deals with the tragedy of a plane crash that’s occupants were the Marshall University football team members, coaches, and boosters. The community took a major blow and the football program was going to close, but it doesn’t Was it the right call? The direction coast through never doing anything too wrong nor doing anything too great. You can almost say the same thing for the screenplay; flashes of greatness come up though. Most of the dialog is pretty generic, but a few scenes were very well written. The acting is a strong point, Matthew McConaughey steals the show with his performances that carries the movie in stretches. The plot can drag and pull your emotions – defiantly not great, but I found myself liking it far more than others have.

The ending doesn't bring a championship or a wining season, but keeping the program going.

The ending doesn’t bring a championship or a wining season, but keeping the program going.

                                                                                                      

Revolutionary Road = Buy

Revolutionary Road has a good deal in conman with American Beauty. The main thing that set them apart is that this one has no dark humor thrown in among the drama. Here it is extremely serious and dark – not humor – throughout. The main message is that people want to be wonderful in the world. But when life gets at you with struggles it’s about losing that dream and desperately trying to hang on to it. There are tons of little things happening underneath something big happening. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite for this. They are beyond phenomenal. They really become the characters. It also seems they like doing tragic love story’s together. Micheal Shannon is also tremendous in this. He only has about 15 minutes of screen time, but boy does he make every second count. Be warned this is in no way a comedy. It will most likely depress you a bit. Mendes has topped American Beauty,mainly because of the in depth script. This is a deep and intense character driven movie that delivers and rattles you to your core.

Makes you think that Jack and Rose were not meant to be.

Makes you think that Jack and Rose were not meant to be.

                                                                                                                            

Oceans 11 = Skip

I am in the minority here, but I see Oceans 11 as a gigantic waste of time. It’s a heist movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. It stars Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Casey Affleck, Julia Roberts, and Bernie Mac. Great director and excellent cast. I know people say it’s a fun and laid back movie. But it just comes off as what I like to call lazy entertainment. There are a few spots here and there I enjoyed. They where far and few between though. If you want a fun entertaining movie somewhat along these lines see Rounders or The Italian Job. Oceans 11 is not all awful, it just feels like everyone involved was on vacation and scrapped together a movie in the process. Saying Skip might be harsh; still, I just wasn’t entertained.

Back form vacation. Time to make a real movie.

Back form vacation. Time to make a real movie.

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5 thoughts on “Feature – Buy, Rent, or Skip

      • Wow, really? That’s even more surprising.

        I’d give Ocean’s Eleven “buy” and 3.5/4; Ocean’s Twelve “skip” and either 1.5/4 or 2/4; and Ocean’s Thirteen “rent” and either 2.5/4 or 3/4. Neither one of the sequels was memorable for me, except for one scene: for Twelve, that was Julia Roberts playing herself (literally), and for Thirteen, that was near the end when all the coins started pouring out at the casino.

  1. I haven’t seen any of the “Ocean’s” films, though from what I understand they’re just supposed to be light-hearted star-studded escapist fun–which, I guess, is exactly why I’ve stay away from them.

  2. Sorry you didn’t like O11. I love it and it’s one of my favorites. Wholeheartedly agree on Revolutionary Road, though. Stunning movie with some of the best performances I’ve ever seen.

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