From a purely critical standpoint there many reasons why Smokey and the Bandit should be considered a terrible movie. Yet re-watching the movie this rainy weekend with my family, I am reminded that sometimes, a movie can be entertaining wihtout having to be a critical darling. This movie takes me back to my childhood which cars were cool and The Bandit was even cooler. And Jackie Gleason was never funnier than he was here. Admittedly both my wife and I can quote almost every single line in the movie, and for a rainly day, it was a great trip down memory lane with our kids who now know all about The Bandit.
I am generally not a fan of prequels. To me prequels often scream of big corporate studios trying to squeze every last dollar out of a dying franchise. Imagine my surprise then with Rise of the Planet of the Apes which not only is a very well concieved and well written movie,but also a triumph of great CGI effects. The seamless CGI used in this movie is simply spectacular, oscar worthy quality and better than "gasp!" Avitar. Also, there is a very understated oscar-worthy performance by John Lithgow in this movie that sort of ties the motivations of the main characters together. I was quite plesantly surprised by how good the movie is- worthy of my Top 10 for 2011.
The Grey might very well be one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. Which is all the more disappointing because I find Liam Neeson to be a terrific actor. The problem is, he was given nohting to work with here, and he was given a character that was so poorly written that I never really understood his motivations or for that matter really cared. The rest of the cast were cardboard characters I have seen a thousand times before in numerous disaster films. All of this may have been forgivable however had the ending of the movie not been SOOOOO disappointing.........I felt as if i had been promised something in the trailer that the movie did not deliver. But by that time I did not care too much.
I wasn't too sure that I would even want to see 21 Jump Street. I was never a fan of the TV series, and since the TV series was not a comedy, i was just not sure that doing a parody of something serious would translate to the big screen very well. Boy, was I wrong. 21 Jump Street is a very funny movie, and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have really good chemistry together. I can always tell how good a movie is by the number of lines one can sort of adopt after seeing the movie with a smile on your face and there are numerous lines of that nature here. It may very well end up being the funniest movie of 2012.