I remember being allowed to stay up to watch The Omen as a child when it was first broadcast on TV. Watching it again decades later is a real treat. It’s nearly 50 years old but still stands up as an occult thriller. What I like most about the movie is the pace: once the first horrific incident occurs, it’s a non-stop pounding race against satanic forces that bravely ends in tragedy. I had no idea this was directed by Richard Donner.
It’s not as bad as the reviewers who saw it at the cinema made out. Yes, it’s a monstrous spaghetti monster of a mess and the one-note humour monotonous (especially the constant self-mockery) but it looks wonderful and has a great deal of entertainment value. Christian Bale performs a fantastic turn as the pantomime villain, Gorr the God-butcher. There was a sense that Thor was “growing up” in the course of the movie and that, by the end, he would…
So awful. This is a Crystal Skull!
I groaned over and over at the poor plot decisions and cheap humour. This is very close in tone to the Prequels.
At the end I really expected the little boy to climb on his broom and fly off accompanied by the Harry Potter theme.
EDIT: I waited until I saw the reviews and I’m astonished to see the positively gushing GotG2-like reviews everywhere (which get qualified much later). When my…
Weirdly dull. Damaged older cop tries to guide younger cop through an investigation of a serial killer. Much of the film seems to involve tedious scenes that want to appear more profound than they actually are (Washington’s character is called Deacon and there are two sequences where he drives past a giant crucifix on a hill... but no sense why the character notices it). With a tighter plot and direction this could have been a very good plot. The “reveals” at the end are systematically silly and spoil.