"Sullivan's Travels" starts with one of the funniest scenes I've watched in quite some time, filled with rapid fire zingers. The rest of the movie can't live up to that standard, but it's still a pretty great comedy overall. I don't know if I buy the idea that comedy is more important than films about social issues, but they are far from mutually exclusive. Maybe that's the real lesson to learn here.
The film is mostly good, but Brandon Lee as Eric Draven is fantastic. He created a character that was unique, memorable and certainly influential. Obviously the circumstances behind this one are tragic, but he will live forever though this film and what he was able to do. The film is a dark, brooding, bloody revenge movie that certainly won't be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. For me, I think it was lacking in the action scenes, especially considering Lee's martial arts background.
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Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…
I don't know if the Oscars are ready to recognize Edgar Wright's work (and let's be honest, Kevin Spacey isn't going to help this film's year end attention), but this is probably the peak of creative editing for the year. For the most part, I really enjoy this film; Ansel Elgort is a star in the making, the ensemble cast is game (especially Spacey), the action is outstanding... but the romance lands a little bit flat for me. Great stuff all around though.