Exclaim! Takes on The Other Guys, Get Low, Step Up 3D and More in This Week's Film Roundup
Published Aug 06, 2010We've got new film reviews up today, so head over to our Recently Reviewed motion section where we have a pile of new write-ups.
First off, Oscar-winning director Aaron Schneider spins a stylistically simple yet emotionally rich story in Get Low. The plot focuses on an elderly, reclusive man (Robert Duvall) who desperately wants a living funeral and his life-altering relationship with the near-bankrupt funeral home employees (Bill Murray and Lucas Black) who grant him one. Our reviewer writes: "Despite being surprisingly simple and unashamedly twee, energized dynamics between the fiery Duvall, the caustic Murray and the moral Spacek enliven a story about a life drawing to a close."
Spaghetti westerns are the target of not-so-subtle satire in The Good, The Bad, The Weird. Cult director Ji-woon Kim favours choreography over content as his thin plot of three bandits battling for a sought-after map in the 1930s Manchurian Desert takes a backseat to the action.
And it should come as no surprise that the visual effects carry Step Up 3D's ham-handed plot and performances. According to our reviewer, "The dialogue moves between laughable and douche-chilly, the plot lines flit about pointlessly and the acting is atrocious, save for series veterans Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner, but the inventive, often thrilling dance scenes largely compensate."
Finally, we have director Adam McKay's The Other Guys, which finds Will Ferrell starring alongside Mark Wahlberg (minus his Funky Bunch). It's a cop-buddy-action flick, but does deliver some snappy comic gold.
Read these reviews and more at the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed motion section.