This movie is one of those movies that will be divisive for many, but simply put- I fucking loved it. The American has a pace similar to a zombie walking which is not a condemnation of any kind, but I feel the need to say this because the movie was grossly marketed as an action movie, which it clearly wasn't. It was a slow, methodical character study of a hitman (at least that's what I think he is) who is "losing his edge." George Clooney stars in this and he is absolutely brilliant as a (understandably) paranoid, but odd character. The reason this character is so odd is because he is clearly warned not to do things, but cannot stop himself from doing these things anyway putting himself in not very obvious danger but something he would be able to notice. I found this to make the character simultaneously more flawed and interesting, but there is something about it that dosen't seem as purposeful as I may be interpreting it but I'll give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt. This film has a sense of great style, memorable (and compelling) characters, and a tense but simple story. There is a formula to the encounters that Clooney has and I feel that there is something very tense about all of them which make all of them heart pounding and unique. This is not a film everyone will love, some will say they hated how boring everything about it (not me) was and some will say it is an engaging, stylistic, well acted character study that achieves a dreading sense of tension, symbolism, and keeps your eyes glued to the screen guessing what will happen until the end (my opinion).
Piranha 3D is the best worst movie ever put to film. There is hardly anything traditionally good about the movie. The characters are cliched, boring, and uninteresting. The plot boils down to "Piranha's? Run! Get the fuck out of the water!" None of that really matters though. The movie is a self-aware, campy, gore-filled horror movie that is designed for the audience to have fun rather than be scared. Which, for me, is a great thing because I don't want a super serious horror movie about rabid piranha's eating everything that moves. If they tried to make something serious, the effect would come off as dumb and everything that they did accomplish in Piranha 3D would never have happened. I had a great time watching this and if you are like me and have fun watching campy, self-aware, fun horror flicks then I would rush down to theater and prepare to have a blast.
This is a rare type of comedy. One moment a scene will be filled with laughter, the next will be incredibly serious, and the next will be laughter about an incredibly serious event. Robin Williams needs to find more roles like this because he was pure gold in every scene. In fact, so was everyone else. All the cast members did an excellent job at making the characters relatable and likable, but you also think that they are deeply flawed and can do some pretty messed up things. Overall, this movie was hilarious and as a huge fan of black humor I felt right at home in this very adult comedy. I stress the word "adult". This isn't a movie that is just cursing and always trying to be heartwarming. This is an extremely dark comedy with mature subject matter, but not at the expense at being a total riot. This film had an odd, but shockingly effective way of being sort of depressing, but mostly happy tone to it and even though a couple characters don't feel realistic this movie is underrated, hilarious, thought-provoking, brutally dark, and deserves a lot more popularity.
I was worried that the Wrestler would be all about the standard redemption story of a washed-up wrestler and it turned out to be a kind of insightful look into the world of wrestling and the life of a sweet wrestler who does not always make the right choices. The film is less about wrestling (I was happy about that) and more about the trials and tribulations of a wrestler who needs to set his priorities in life, which I felt was a nice choice of storyline for this type of film instead of going for the obvious "Yeah, I am going to beat this guy this time." Mickey Rourke gives a performance of his career making Randy a sweet and easy to like character who obviously has good intentions but dosen't always follow through. Mickey Rourke has gotten a lot of credit for this role, but he deserves way more especially since he really slit his face with a razor to make the effect more realistic. Overall The Wrestler is slightly funny, realistic, powerfully acted, and well shot drama that should not be missed.
This drama is a really underrated one. The leads were superb, the movie kept me very focused and enthralled in the plot, especially towards the intense climax. While the film may end a little abruptly the plot is entertaining and gripping to say the least. There are some problems including some conversations that feel out of place and the already mentioned abrupt ending that was kind of disappointing, but nevertheless this is a film that will have you enthralled, sad, and caring a lot for the well developed characters while watching. Highly recommended.