To say Clint Eastwood is a legend would be an insult. He is beyond that and more. In a time when our generation are losing movie heros at a rapid pace,(Paul Newman,Charlton Heston) we can be thankful we still have Clint. The fact that the seventy-something icon can still bring it in "Gran Torino" makes this film a slam dunk. It's been four years since we've seen Clint the actor. His "director only" films have been great but it's not the same as seeing him do his thing in front of the camera as well. And here he delivers one of his best performances. Perhaps because the rumors are true this will be his last screen appearance,Clint brings back elements of Dirty Harry,A Fistful of Dollars,Every Which Way But Loose,and a dozen other characters he made his own. Only Clint can get away with the many racist remarks made in the film and not have every group spoken about protest. And it's amazing how he captures the present day culture clashing with a past generation. Notice the retired,hard working,pro American,middle class homeowner character he plays. Then notice his sons and nieces and nephews,all spoiled rotten with large homes,big SUV'S,and big egos,all compliments of his generations sacrifices in order to make our life better. And all they do is call him "old fashioned". I wasn't really thrilled with the ending,but after thinking about it,there was no other way it could have. If this is the end of Clint the actor,I can't think of a better way either.
This movie was boring and bland. Nothing groundbreaking,that's for sure. The young cast does a good job considering they didn't have much to work with. The low budget was very evident at times,especially when there is an attempt at special effects. I've seen better on TV in shows like "Charmed". To compare this with the Harry Potter franchise is ridiculous and probably put out there by one of the "Twilight" studio exec's. Other than some immature teenage girls who go google eye over the lead character,most people will let this film go by with little notice. Another attempt to make a so so movie from a so so book.
Being a huge 50's sci-fi movie fan, I really did not expect this remake to be anything other than to cash in on the title and have mind blowing special effects and sound. After all,the real money is in DVD sales. It's got to look great on those Blue-ray players,right? What I did not expect was this to be one of the worst movies of all time. I was shocked how bad it was. How did this get past the studio exec's without someone commiting suicide. A lot of careers will end with this one,that's for sure. GOOD GRIEF.
First the good news. Daniel Craig confirms in "Quantum Of Solace" that his fantastic debut in "Casino Royale" was no fluke. He is easily the best Bond since Sean Connery,and it's not even close. Now the bad news. This film is a major disappointment. While I totally understand and agree with the film's producers to restart the franchise,I can't agree with the decision to omit the familier things that make the Bond movies stand out from the rest. Where was the opening gun barrel logo? (Oh yea,they tagged it on at the end. That was dumb.) How come he did not say "Bond,James Bond"? Where is Q? Where is Moneypenney? Where was the tongue and cheek humor? In "Casino Royale",it worked because Bond was not yet Bond and establishing himself to audiences. A great idea. But here,we have accepted Craig and knew what to expect. It doesn't matter this was a sequel. It just doesn't work this time. And it didn't help that whoever edited the film was on a mind altering drug. The so called action scenes did not make sense. The movie moves so fast that you don't have time to take in the films locations. They could have easily filmed on some back lot and saved money. Where "Casino Royale" was considered too long,(I did not agree)this film is way too short. A little more scenes,some action that is watchable,and another director would have gone a long way. Lets hope the next one gets it right and takes advantage of Craig's talent. I can't wait.