Reviews on Beauty and The Beast 3D, Safe House and The Vow.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
1. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D
Timeless. I took a buddy of mine to see this for his birthday as it just fit the mood we were in at the moment. It’s really something to go to the movies to see a film you remember seeing in the theatre as a child. I remember seeing B&TB in the theatre, playing next door to Addams Family Values (As I hit up both those in one weekend). “Our cat died of cancer tonight” was what my mother said as we pulled into the theatre parking lot. Needless to say I was a little distracted so it was nice to be given a second chance to enjoy it on the big screen. And enjoy it I did. Even knowing what was about to happen, I still found myself waiting with glee, excited about each approaching song and the 3D was really a nice addition. There was a preview before hand for Finding Nemo, so I can’t wait for that one to come out as well. It just looked beautiful and I wait with baited breath for The Little Mermaid.
2. SAFE HOUSE
Look at him up there driving his bike with a lil flannel poking out.This movie should be called “Why isn’t Ryan Reynolds Dead?” It’s a fun, shoot em up, chase em down movie with a predictable twist and greatly appreciated acting moments from Reynolds as well as good ole familiar Denzel acting moments that we have all come to know and love. This movie could also be called “Will Denzel ever age?” We used to ask that question about Broderick, but... yeah... these days? Lots of sharp things that Ryan skillfully keeps away from his face as well as some crafty driving on his part all topped off with a Tropic Thunder-like death scene from one of the characters. I only paid $7 to see this movie, so I don’t regret it. It would have been REALLY lame watching it on the small screen, so at least this way it was just... lame.
3. THE VOW
Rachel, Rachel... Rachel. Who is your agent? Channing, is it? While I’d like to rip your clothes off, yes, I’d like to see some more range from you. Or any... if that’s possible. The film falls a little flat. Don’t get me wrong, it has it’s moments. Cute moments sprinkled through out. But a few cute moments does not a movie make. The unpredictability of it’s end is somewhat predictable these days. They didn’t really explain a lot of the motivation behind making the choices that Rachel’s character made before the accident but just kind of chalked it up to “Well, she’s changed...” I just didn’t buy that what had “happened” was reason enough for her to do what she did (trying not to create major SPOILER ALERTS here). And, in addition, if I were Felicity’s boyfriend, I 100% would have punched Channing Tatum for his clear “misplaced aggression", so... he wasn’t so much of an “antagonist” for the couple in my opinion, just another viable option. Scott seemed to, at least, emote a bit more. It’s been difficult to find a male acting counterpart for McAdams that can keep up with her versatility. The men she acts opposite just come off so boring to me because of how spirited the characters she often plays are. And I don’t think Mr. Tatum is all bad, but that might just be my loins talking. He seems to get cast appropriately despite his Kristen Stewart like quality. I just think this movie would have been that much better with someone like Adam Brody. Why isn’t that guy getting more work? Man I wish I were a casting director.
PAM QUINN Moved to California from New York at age 14 and entered the professional world of writing at 17 on the west coast. By her 20th birthday she had three original works produced in the Los Angeles area. Rising from sketch comedy writing and a background in theatre, Pam collected what she had learned over the years and compiled it into playwriting. She began collaborating on an idea for an original musical (Right Together, Left Together) with Will Collyer and Jacob Harvey. Since moving back to New York in ’05, Pam hasn’t stopped breathing this idea. She co-founded The Unknown Artists (www.theunknownartists.org) with Emily Clark and continues to be prolific within this fantastic company. www.uaplayclub.wordpress.com
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