Every Sunday, Gill delves into his archive of over 800 movie reviews and randomly selects three for your enjoyment! Here are this week’s…
Easy A is a really solid comedy that I didn’t expect to like as much as I did. Emma Stone makes a great leading lady and delivers a top notch performance, and the supporting turns by Thomas Haden Church and Stanley Tucci are both really funny and very memorable. In the end, Easy A serves as a nice throwback to John Hughes comedies, and contains a level of intelligence that’s largely missing from a lot of comedies from recent years.
3.5 out of 5
Danny Boyle and James Franco have managed to do the impossible: they made a film about one character trapped in one location for almost the entire running time, based on a true story that everyone going to the movie knows the ending to, and still succeeded in making it tense, exciting, compelling cinema. Franco delivers a tour-de-force performance here as Aron Ralston, and gets you so invested in the character that the film becomes a genuinely visceral experience. You’ll walk out of the theatre asking yourself really hard questions about what you’d do in the predicament that Ralston found himself in. This is fantastic filmmaking, pure and simple.
4.5 out of 5
Anyone who loved the original Tron but hated Tron Legacy has had their vision severely clouded by nostalgia. Tron Legacy is the perfect update to the original cyberpunk Star Wars-in-a-computer Disney film, and it looks terrific too. Great special effects, solid performances by the cast (including an awesome performance by Jeff Bridges, very much channeling the Dude), and the best 3D since Avatar make Tron Legacy a fun little blockbuster rife with eye candy. The soundtrack by Daft Punk will have you bobbing your head for a long time after the movie is over (they have a great cameo, too). Oh, and I should also mention that Michael Sheen has a wicked bit part as a character that’s basically the Tron version of David Bowie. I’d never call this movie a masterpiece, but I got exactly what I wanted out of it.
3.5 out of 5
See you next Sunday for three more thrilling short reviews!