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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie Review For May 22, 2015: TOMORROWLAND and POLTERGEIST

Rated: PG
Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
Plot: A young genius is recruited by smart people from an alternate universe to try to help save the world

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

I would love to be able to tell you that this movie is amazing and you should grab your kids and rush to the theater as soon as possible to see it. Unfortunately, I can't do that. TOMORROWLAND is a 2-plus hour snoozefest that is slow, confusing and preachy.

The first 80% of the film is a slow build-up for the last 20 minutes of action, and the payoff isn't worth sitting through the build-up. Once I finally realized what was going on my reaction was, "Really? That's it? THAT is the reason that all of this stuff is going on?" It was highly disappointing.

Aside from the boring nature of the film it is also preachy and condescending. It doesn't matter if you don't care about environmental issues at all or you are the world's most caring tree-hugger, you will walk out of this film feeling like you just sat through two hours of environment church. At one point there is even a 2 1/2 minute long speech by one of the main characters explaining all that is wrong with our environment thanks to humans.

This is just the beginning of the summer blockbuster season. Save your money for the good family-friendly flicks that will be coming out in a month or so.

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris
Plot: When a ghost kidnaps a family's daughter they must do whatever it takes to try to get her back

Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

When I heard that they were making a reboot of this classic horror flick I had no idea why. The original was so good and so scary. I had nightmares for weeks when I saw that one. This one lives up to its predecessor.

I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre because most of the film use the same hack scare tactics over and over. It's formulaic and insulting to the audience. This film is actually scary. The evil feels real and the stakes are high. The drama and suspense are legitimate and very few things that happen in the film feel like your typical "no, don't walk down those stairs alone at night" moments.

The children cast in this movie are outstanding. The effects are well done. The plot is interesting and compelling. And clocking in at about 90 minutes it feels like it's over as quickly as it began.

POLTERGEIST is a great date night flick.

1 comment:

  1. The only reason they're remaking movies like "Poltergeist" is because they can, thanks to cheap computer tricks. Not because any of the people involved cared about it enough to do the original justice.