The Eagle (2011) – 27 Second Review

The Eagle (2011) poster

Written by: Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Rosemary Sutcliff
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong

Review: As much as I enjoy Roman-style bloodshed, this one bored me. When the face-stabbing and limb-hacking was actually on screen, it was quite enjoyable. But those few and far between sequences were interluded with far too many sitting-around-a-fire and riding-horses-through-the-flowing-hills sequences. And the ending was far too much like a buddy cop movie. Now I want to see an actual buddy cop movie set in ancient Rome.

Time: 20 seconds


King Kong (2005) – Movie Review


Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell

My Advice: Matinee.

Carl Denham (Black) has a vision. Okay, well, Leonard Cohen would call it a scheme. He’s known for going and making safari movies, but now his backers want more. So he’s lined up a name actor (Kyle Chandler) and a name actress…oops, she’s dropped out of the project. Denham has to find a replacement actress (Watts), get his screenwriter (Brody) to finish his work, and somehow convince everyone that they’re filming in Singapore, when in fact they’re headed to a place called Skull Island with nothing but a strange map of how to get there and a load of bad checks. Once there, however, they’re going to get much more than they bargained for. Much more indeed. Mooha.

Okay, it’s nearly pointless to worry about spoilers for a film, at least for major plot points. The only thing more ridiculous would be being concerned about the end of Hamlet or something. We know where this is going. So the trick with this film is to make the ride to get there an enjoyable one. With Jackson on board to make the film he’s been wanting to make since before Lord of the Rings, can the ride be worthwhile?