tremendous amounts of free time to get to blog writing but I don't really have any new movies I feel like writing that much about. I went to see "American Reunion", aka "American Pie 100" or something this weekend and two weeks ago I did manage to see Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows", but neither have inspired me to write a lengthy review, though I'll give you a brief overview.
"American Reunion" is everything you'd expect it to be. If you like the first three then I'd say knock yourself out, if you don't then you'll know to avoid it at all costs. I personally find these films sweet and reasonable easy-going entertainment, but no one is going to give them any awards. Naturally the high points of the film all involve Sean William Scott, aka Stifler. He may only star in generic, crude and poorly written films - although I must give credit to "Goon" which was funnier than I expected and incredibly heart-warming - but William Scott is inherently funny and definitely a scene stealer. He is also a classic marmite-actor: you'll either love him or hate him and I definitely love him. The film's one moment of what I would call genius, though I am easily pleased, is a "Jaws" parody at the gang's local beach and it is all thanks to the perfect physical comedy of SWS.
"Dark Shadows" entertained me for all the reasons that pretty much all Tim Burton films entertain me: The gothic scenery, Helena Bonham Carter's face, Johnny Depp's stand-out talent in any role, and in this film I was also a little bewitched by Eva Green and her magnificent hair and - I have to say it - boobs. Furthermore, I did find it genuinely funny. That said, it felt incredibly rushed, I believe due to the large amounts of plot and character they attempted to throw into the film, probably in an attempt to fit as much of the television series into the film as possible. Plot twists get thrown at you with little explanation or back-story and I credit this as the film's main flaw and probably why it received poor reviews. It doesn't flow very naturally.
Like all film fans, I am impatiently awaiting June 1 when not only "Prometheus" will appear on our screens but also "Snow White and the Huntsman" which both have the potential - especially the former - to be some of this year's best films.
I am also pretty darn excited about the new James Bond film, Daniel Craig's third, "Skyfall", due for an October release. Though "Quantum of Solace", Craig's last stint as Bond, was a confusing mess, I still place "Casino Royal", his first Bond film, as one of my favourite Bond films ever and the new teaser trailer for "Skyfall" looks like this could be an incredibly exciting and complex installment; though hopefully not with so many plot lines that it is impossible to follow, as was the problem with QOS.