A dark, violent future, red-eyed robots on the rampage, time travel back to the 80's...yes, this sounds very familiar, doesn't it? One thing I didn't know - it has Carrie Fisher. Yes, 80's Carrie Fisher.
80's Carrie Fisher does not seem to be terribly invested, or awake. (80's Carrie Fisher might've needed a bit of a pick-me-up.) She has little to do anyway, spending much of the movie sidelined with an injury and ultimately getting fatally bear-hugged by a robot.…
I always get Friedkin and Frankenheimer confused.
A Mann-esque crime movie about stone cold pros, and an action movie with nothing but great character actors and not an action star in sight (eh, maybe Jean Reno) - this hits a sweet spot for me, for as long as it's doing well what it's doing. Lots of great locations in France, and figure skating performances from Katarina fucking Witt?!? By today's standards this is practically an arthouse movie.
It has nothing…
George Miller had been talking about this - or at least, had been persistently asked about it in interviews - for like twenty years now, and I don't know what's different about now that he finally got around to making it but I'm glad he did. The response on this has been gobsmacking, though I was willing to chalk a fair bit of it up to Peak Gen-X Nostalgia, and it coming at a good time to be heralded as…
This could easily have been a one-joke movie, and it's not like future comedy historians will be digging out the rich vein of the works of Jon Heder. But it's a more sprightly sports comedy than usual from Ferrell (one of three in a row, I think), helped out by being a trim 90 minutes when most of Ferrell's big comedies go on way the hell too long.
Not terribly different from Ferrell's other movies from around the time, mostly just tighter, which does wonders for the gags that do land. Also, Amy Poehler plays evil, which is great.