This film struck me as damn charming and damn realistic. The whole town is incredible, Bale's character is funny as balls, and the family reminds me a lot of the big, manipulative families I've grown up with. Nobody's family is normal, and at least this one looked like it came out of real life - no gloss or sugar coating. No model physiques or people looking way too good for the role they're playing. The term "boxing drama" paints this film in a far too bland and boring hue. It's a unique glimpse into the lives of how townies actually behave, haha. My town has it's own junkie, even - and looks/acts/sounds just like Bale's character.
Mickey Rourke is amazing, and this film strikes me on an even more personal level since it seems like it could be about the dude who works at the grocery store down the street. Working class NJ is beautiful in its dank decay. The characters are raw and realistic. "The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me." I can't like this film enough.
I first wanted to see this just because Charlie Day is in it, but then as it got started, I realized how much I wanted him to be Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny... and he isn't. Jason Bateman is only mildly funny (as usual), and Sudeikis I'm not as familiar with. Kevin Spacey takes the cake with a few utterly hilarious scenes, but otherwise I'd wait to see this on a rainy day when it will surely be in rotation on the premium cable movie channels.
Rowan Atkinson is one of my favorite comics, so I'm a bit partial to the Johnny English films. I hope to see more of him on the big and/or small screen in the near future. I fondly miss the days of Blackadder and Bean.
I agree this one starts off great and slightly goes downhill after that, but those who enjoy this film will remember how exciting it was for the bridge between TOS and TNG to finally be completed... even if it didn't go over quite the way you expected it. It was awesome seeing the TNG cast on the big screen for the first time, and luckily their subsequent films would be more enjoyable. As far as the "adieu" for Kirk, yeah... not the biggest fan myself. I think Priceline now owns the right to Shatner's very soul, too.
They really shaped things up after V, and this ended up being a timeless classic to me. Although rather dated now, the early CGI effects somewhat dazzled me at the time. As a grand exit for the original crew, this was about as pleasing a film as I could imagine. A plot that reflected the politics of the time, the humor which TOS cast always exuded which kept things from getting too serious, and a bridge between the TOS and TNG universes. Enjoy it, because they don't make them like Jim, Bones, and Spock anymore.
It gets some points for being purely weird in some respects, but pretty much fails on most levels. This film really brought the "odd number" curse out in the open. The effects, which a few key scenes depend on, look over a decade out of date. There are a few memorable and funny moments, but overall you might as well just skip this one.
This is my personal favorite Star Trek film, and one of my favorite films in general. Love Star Trek? Check. Think whales are awesome? Check. Think the mid-80s are hilarious? Check. Seeing the crew interact with contemporary (and at this point a mid-80s time capsule of) society brings about an incessant undertone of comedy to a fun adventure. Also Scotty's most memorable line. =)