Garage Days (2003)
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Alex Proyas, director of The Crow and Dark City, switches gears for the lightweight romantic comedy Garage Days. Set in the Sydney suburb of Newtown, Freddy (Kick Gurry) really wants his band to make it big. The band consists of his girlfriend Tanya (Pia Miranda) on bass, the drugged-out Lucy (Chris Sadrinna) on drums, and the mopey Joe (Brett Stiller) on guitar. Their inept manager, Bruno (Russell Dykstra), thinks they can get successful if they hook up with record executive Shad Kern (Marton
Jul 18, 2003 Wide
Aug 3, 2004
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A movie of shopworn riffs and borrowed noise, dressed up with considerable surface polish and glam production values.
Garage Days feels like a movie that belongs in the garage; it's where you put things that you can't quite dismiss, but don't really like enough to have cluttering up your actual living quarters.
The jokes are as lame as they are tame.
Though the storytelling is a bit lopsided, the slapdash quality is charming overall, and the movie benefits from colorful characters and a couple of hilarious scenes.
I wouldn't want to hang out with these cats and I certainly wouldn't want them practicing in my garage, it's bad enough to sit through their movie.
Its sense of fun is infectious enough that it doesn't make a huge difference that it's light on the story side. Coupled with the visual style and the top-notch choice of music, it makes for a fun, if lightweight, experience.
Proyas is relentless in his attempts to infuse the material with visual zip, and in doing so, he only exacerbates its flimsiness.
While the plot line may not be overly complicated and Lynchian, it is in no way formulaic or simple either. Proyas leaves you wanting you to see his characters thrive, not necessarily as a band, but as friends.
The music in it is uniformly lousy, but one doesn't notice because everything surrounding it s even worse.
Its tricksy stylishness... is more of a distraction than a tonic for the feeling that we've seen all this before.
Despite plenty of drugs and a fair amount of sex, Garage Days asphyxiates from a lethal lack of rock'n roll.
Proyas strays from the formula just often enough to keep us on our toes. The remainder is too slight and harmless to really condemn... even when it slips into cliché.
...[Alex Proyas'] over-the-top sensibility keeps this admittedly routine storyline from becoming an all-out bore.
Proyas, an assured stylist, manages to elevate the film with a bright palette and an abundance of special effects.
It's a cute little movie, but compared to expectations of Alex Proyas, it's a letdown
A startling about-face for Australian director Alex Proyas, and an unwelcome one as well.
Fast, funny and extremely light.
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