A few more film reviews for today.
Remember the old adage ‘time is money’? Well somebody thought it was a sufficiently good idea to make a whole film about. Justin Timberlake stars in this odd story about buying time – literally. What starts out as a potentially interesting idea turns into your average ‘good guy being chased by bad people’ story. Boring, boring. I gave up halfway through. Moving on.
Adam, a 27-year-old average American guy is diagnosed with a rare form cancer and his odds of survival are 50/50. It doesn’t sound like the best starting point for a comedy. This one works largely because of the great dialogue between Adam and his best friend Kyle. Not outstanding, but it’s well made, funny, surprisingly touching and worth a watch.
The Help (2011)
An insight into middle-class American life in the 1960s, from the point of view of the help. The help being those black ladies employed by white ladies to cook, clean and look after the children. Like 50/50, it’s well made, funny, touching and worth a watch.
The outbreak of an unknown disease threatens to wipe out a large part of the earth’s population. Where have we heard that one before? A take on ‘what if’ swine flu, bird flu, SARS and the like had turned out to be much more serious that they were. It’s slick, well made and fast-moving (it looks a bit like a feature-length version of an episode of CSI), but ultimately if you’ve seen Outbreak (1995), you’ve seen this.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
This is probably a much bigger deal here in France than elsewhere (Tintin being the French cultural equivalent of the Blue Peter dog). But any film directed by Steven Spielberg is bound to create a certain amount of fuss. Having seen one original Tintin film, I’d say this succeeds as a modern re-make. However, it’s like making a modern version of a Famous Five book – great as it was at the time, the story just isn’t relevant any more.
Song of the day
Another great yummy scrummy Christmas song 🙂