Ender’s Game, with Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Viola Davis & Hailee Steinfeld. Director, Gavin Hood. I have whined in previous reviews that films aimed at a teenage audience are not my cup of tea, but have made exceptions in the past. To be fair, I’ve reviewed these type of films on an objective basis. It’s with a heavy heart that I have to say, that a good Orson Scott Card novel, which should have translated to the screen as entertainment for all age groups; has succumbed to a cowardly, what can only be a financial decision, appeal to a baby-teen audience. Therefore; failing miserably, despite fabulous special effects & concepts.
Men in Black 3, with Josh Brolin, Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones. Barry Sonnenfeld, director. I’ll tell you, being a fan of parties, it’s always a good thing to keep smiling & laugh along with the crowd. But what do you do when you’re outside looking in? Self-congratulation is fine if you’re alone or at a dreaded office soiree. Not if you’re seriously intent on entertaining an audience, expecting non-stop special effects, squiggly aliens & combative conversation. There’s just something about a story which revolves around characters, that are repetitively blithering about just how great their lives are within the story; that makes me a bit frustrated & bored. There’s a word for it: precious.
The Divide, with Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn (Puncture, Aliens), Courtney B. Vance, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette, Ivan Gonzalaz, Michael Eklund. Xavier Gens, Director. Post-apocalyptic dramas are sort of a standby now, as common (through the past decades) as the wheel. I still like them, as long as they’re moderately entertaining in some way, shape or form. They make me feel warm & satisfied for some reason. I’m not sure why.