This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(Apologies for not updating in a loooooong time. It's been that kind of year. Can't make any promises for the coming months either.)
I gotta say, I found this whole thing sort of unsavory. It’s not that I object categorically to the concept of abortion (I’m on record as being pro-choice, if you must know), and I certainly don’t object to it being used as a cinematic plot point. But when dealing with an issue as loaded as abortion has…
Remember the other day when I mentioned flavorless blockbusters concerned primarily with franchise building? This is the kind of crap I was talking about. Woodley's fine but unspectacular, and remember when Kate Winslet was an exciting actress? Just because you have an Oscar now means it's OK to stop trying.
This is exactly the kind of movie that seems like it'll be ideal for a Yesterday's Hits-style anthropological assessment in a couple of decades. Those elements that have made this so popular- the wall-to-wall CGI-based spectacle, the four-quadrant-skewing reappropriation of one of the classics of Hollywood cinema- will probably be what makes this look quaint and dated over time. Yet it also promises to be fascinating in a number of ways.
Most noticeably, this might be the first blockbuster I've…
So help me, I've got a soft spot for this one. Granted, as a comedy it's pretty hit and miss, although there are enough bits that work to forgive the ones that don't. But I have more affection for this as a corrective to the recent impulse Hollywood has had to give audiences grim and gritty tellings of the Robin Hood legend. What they invariably overlook is that, when it all comes down to it, Robin Hood is one of…