I’m a big fan of Steve Zahn, I don’t know if that’s a popular opinion, but I’m confident in said opinion!
Another good week in terms of number of movies watched,
Saving Silverman (2001, Dennis Dugan, Australia/United States Of America) ***
I fully understand that Saving Silverman is an incredibly dumb movie. That doesn’t change the fact that I laughed my ass off at various times during this film and found myself chuckling most of the rest of the time. Some of the jokes are so dumb that I could only roll my eyes, but even those had a certain charm to them. Most of this comes down to Steve Zahn and his ability to be the anchor in the film. He’s a really funny actor, but he’s also a nice guy with sincerity behind his actions and that makes it easier to go along with the crazy moments. The story is really bad, there’s not much of a plot to speak of, but I laughed. Laughing during a comedy makes me happy, and that’s why Saving Silverman may not be a great movie but it is a fun time.
Bedtime Stories (2008, Adam Shankman, United States Of America) **1/2
There is a lot of creativity at play in Bedtime Stories and I appreciated that aspect of the film. I got a kick out of the trips into the land of bedtime storytelling. I enjoyed the time spent there much more than I did the rote “real life” plot that the film wasted too much of its time on. I guess, for me, it all comes down to Adam Sandler and how his goofiness worked in the fantasy setting but not in the real world setting. I laughed a few times, and I enjoyed Bedtime Stories more than I do most of Mr. Sandler’s work. Still, Bedtime Stories is lacking in all the non-fantasy areas, and even it’s fantasy didn’t go quite far enough.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005, Andrew Adamson, United Kingdom/United States Of America) ***
It’s not the best fantasy I’ve ever seen, but The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is still a quality fantasy film. My main beef with Andrew Adamson’s film is that while it got the massive scope of its tale down pat it didn’t quite nail the intimate nature that the tale also contains. That’s what the screenplay was trying for, at least that’s the impression that I took away from the film. I liked the setting, the willingness to go crazy with the fantasy elements, and the way that the film implemented many of the tried and true fantasy tropes. At the same time I wanted the intimate moments to take on more import, yet they never really did. that made it hard to care about the extended intimate scenes that take place late in the film. In the end The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is a decent fantasy film, but it could have been much better.
Transformers (2007, Michael Bay, United States Of America) **
The way Transformers is presented it’s nothing more than a series of funny jokes, CG of robots smashing each other, and ogling shots of Megan Fox’s body. That would not be a bad thing if the jokes were consistently funny, the CG was capable of making sense, and uh, yeah, they got the ogling of Miss Fox right I guess. I had a hard time keeping track of what was happening in the scenes of robots smashing each other. I had a hard time laughing at so many jokes in the non-robot smashing each other scenes. The camera ogling Miss Fox so damn hard was actually funnier than anything else in the film, and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t supposed to be funny. There’s a market for Transformers, its box office proves that, but I’m not that market. I like my comedic action movies to be funnier, and with way better action. But, hey, they sure did get the ogling part right, Michael Bay can hang his hat on that.
Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls And Breed Discrimination (2010, Libby Sherrill, United States Of America) ***
I had to look past my personal feelings when it came to Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pits Bulls And Breed Discrimination. The truth of those feelings is that the plight of the pit bull in America makes me sad all over. It scares me that towns, villages, cities, and states would propose the type of legislature that they have proposed against such a gentle and kind breed. That being the case, Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls And Breed Discrimination gets its point across if only in a safer manner than I would have liked. The film is workmanlike in its approach, and it does work in most of the ways that it needs to. However there were opportunities for the film to delve deeper and to really go after the people who have proposed, or are proposing, breed specific legislation. But, the film didn’t do that and for that reason I don’t feel that the film ended up being all that it could have been. Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls And Breed Discrimination made an impact on me, and I hope it will do the same for others, but I know that impact could have been even greater and that is a tad upsetting.
Nothing great this week, but a few decent movies make for a worthwhile week I say. Saving Silverman may be stupid, juvenile, and inconsistent, but I’ve always liked it. For that reason Saving Silverman takes home movie of the week honors. Until next week, watch more movies!