Sunday, March 30, 2008

Movies In Brief

Still in Perth, with intermittent internet access; back next Wednesday night. In the mean time, some brief comments on films I can't be bothered describing in more detail.

Run Fatboy Run: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) writes and stars in a comedy about a loser who signs up for a marathon to win back the woman he left pregnant at the altar. Pegg's genius for timing and genuine humanity makes for a heartwarming and mostly hilarious film. David Schwimmer (Friends) directs, with mixed results. A second act heavy with physical humour and a miscast Thandie Newton (Crash) in the romantic lead are the only things keeping this film from being a comedic masterpiece. Still highly recommendable.

Across The Universe: A film musical in the finest tradition of its genre, Across The Universe tells the story of a group of misfits struggling their way through the 1960s to a soundtrack of first-class Beatles covers. Music, choreography and cinematography all combine perfectly to produce visually and aurallly stunning theatre. The plot is unfortunately not as cohesive but it in any case takes a back seat to a procession of fantastic musical sequences. A must-see for fans of the Beatles or musicals generally.

Black Sheep: Deeply and intentionally silly, this New Zealand film about an outbreak of zombie sheep manages regular laughs if you have an exceptionally high tolerance for bad puns, horrible acting and wince-inducing dialogue. An original concept and creature effects by the Weta Workshop are its strongest selling points; some audiences will have a lot of fun but those with a low pain tolerance may want to leave early.

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