There is a scene in this movie where Adam Sandler's character is about to go onstage to do a stand up comedy act. His ex girlfriend ask him to "Please don't do any dirty jokes". Replies Sandler,"If I do that,it will eliminate most of my act". Thats about what describes this film perfectly. About 25% sweet stuff, and 75% body part jokes. Don't get me wrong. Its funny enough. But at a massive 2 1/2 hour length, it runs out of steam. The result is a disappointing last half that will leave most people checking their watches to see if this film will ever end. The cast is perfect. This might have been Sandlers best film had it been about 45 minutes shorter. Nice try,though.
One of the really great things about the Harry Potter movies is how consistent they are in quality, despite the change in directors. Each one is no better or no worse than the previous,(Which is a good thing) yet they still manage to be different. You know what your going to expect when you enter the theater, yet you still come out pleased. The main reason for this is the wonderful chemistry between the three main actors, Daniel Radcliffe,Rupert Grint,and Emma Watson. It was nice to see Grint given a little more screen time in this one. He has some of the films funniest scenes. One small negative might be that the film is a bit overlong. Other than that, another winner for the wizards of Hogwarts.
I wasn't really sure how to review this movie without making it seem I was taking sides. There is no middle ground here. You either love it or hate it. I found myself laughing silly and at the same time shocked at the subject matter. Makes one think how our culture has changed since 'Blazing Saddles", which seems like a church camp compared to this. You probably will walk out hating yourself for laughing so much. I know I did. I'll probably hate myself more when I see it again. Soon,I hope.
The casting of Johnny Depp as Dillinger was perfect. Thats about all I can say good about this overlong,badly scripited mess of a movie. The usually dependable director Michael Mann lays a big terd with this 2 1/2 hour film that never works from the very start. What exactly went wrong appears to be behind the scenes during production since the film is so uneven and confusing that the audience left the theater stunned how bad it was. Depp, as usual, is wonderful. He just has nothing to work with. The rest of the cast is so bad you sometimes think your watching an Ed Wood movie. Christian Bale, who is overrated anyway,gives one of the worst wooden performances in recent years as agent Purvis. Look for this film to gobble up most of the trophies at the next Golden Turkey awards. What a shame.
Did we really need another Terminator movie? Probably not. But they gave us one anyway. And truth to tell,its not bad. They spared no expense with the fast pace action and special effects. Even Arnold himself pops in to say hello.(With a little digital help) So whats the problem? Perhaps too much fast action and special effects? Maybe star Christian Bale's now infamous spat with a crew member? Or both? Whatever the reason,you leave the theater asking yourself that same question. Did we really need another Terminator. I guess not.