This Week in Cinema: August 17-23, 2014

the mighty ducks

Quack, quack, quack…

A pair of movies this week,

Turner & Hooch (1989, Roger Spottiswoode, United States of America) ***

A silly comedy that is quite pedestrian in every possible way. That’s not an indictment of this movie, because Turner & Hooch manages to be a very fun movie despite its middling nature. Tom Hanks certainly helps matters, as he is very charismatic and drew me in to his less than fleshed out character. Having the movie center around a dog obviously didn’t bring about any negatives, as all my loyal readers know that’s a soft spot for me. Turner & Hooch is a very normal movie, but it makes up for its many shortcomings by being funny, and lots of fun.

The Mighty Ducks (1992, Stephen Herek, United States of America) ***

Not trying to sound like a broken record, but this movie is oodles of fun. I must have watched this movie neigh on fifty times growing up. It’s a tired story, full of cliche ridden characters that couldn’t possibly be drawn more broadly. All the same, it’s an eclectic group and the film does a splendid job of focusing on their more likable traits. It’s silly, stupid, and far removed from great cinema. Yet, The Mighty Ducks is a movie I can return to all the time because I know that every time I start watching I’m guaranteed a great time.

Wrap-Up:

Two fun movies this week, but between the two of them The Mighty Ducks is a lot more fun and that’s why it takes home movie of the week honors. Until next week, watch more movies!

Cheers,
Bill Thompson

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