Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.
My brief thoughts follow…
- The Watch (2012) – I actually went into this thinking this was a non-SciFi comedy and was pleasantly surprised to see science fictional elements. That’s about where any sort of pleasure ended. Admittedly it’s not trying to take itself seriously, but this was damn near close to unwatchable. Nor was it funny. A proper classification would be SciFi non-comedy.
- Vanilla Sky (2001) – I had seen pieces of this over the years, but this was my first official start-to-finish viewing. It’s past the official expiration date for spoilers, so I’m going to say that this is not billed as Scifi because that information contributes to a surprise ending. Too bad. The decision to hide that fact and not explore the idea better leaves the impression that Vanilla Sky is a SciFi movie that didn’t have the cajones to admit to being one.
- Men in Black 3 (2012) – A mostly lackluster, past-its-heyday follow-up with few laughs and few redeeming qualities — those being the spot-on Tommy Lee Jones impersonation by Josh Brolin, and the surprisingly satisfying ending.