What is there to say about a movie that knows exactly what it is and executes itself in competent fashion? Turns out, not too much really-especially when one is talking specifically about something as frivolous as Office Christmas Party. After watching this hour and forty-five minute comedy my friend and co-host at Initial Reaction summed up what we'd just experienced perfectly. Describing the "here for a good time" flick that actually ends up overstaying its welcome as a raunchier version…
I get it, but I don't. The fuss I mean.
"Even listening to the same story, people imagine different things."
A delicious drama with twists and turns that is structured as tightly as a tourniquet can't totally rescue a narrative that never feels as shocking as it yearns to be.
That said, Park Chan-Wook is a master of utilizing every inch of the screen to great effect. The camera work and visuals are tremendous. The Handmaiden feels like an epic that's hero’s quest can't quite match its visual scope. Entertaining without being wholly fulfilling.
There will come a day when Tom Cruise not only doesn't make action blockbusters like this, but when he won't be able to and when that day comes we will miss it. Not necessarily just out of a sense of nostalgia, but because Cruise is the last of a dying breed; one of the only true movie stars left who, despite his image being tainted over the years, can demand the kind of budget and talent that it takes to…
What has happened to director Ruben Fleischer? The guy had such a promising feature debut in Zombieland and has had ample opportunity to make equally fun films in his two follow-ups yet each have failed to capture that same magic that invigorated his first. In saying that, his latest Gangster Squad isn't necessarily a bad film but it certainly isn't anything spectacular. With a cast that features the likes of Josh Brolin (who actually seems to be losing credibility with…