Weekend Viewing – June 23-25, 2012
After a long weekend of thunder storms, trial verdicts, long drawn out baseball games and more thunder storms, it becomes necessary to unwind. This week, it was with three separate movies.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
I started Sunday with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Once more, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as the famous detective and Doctor Watson. This time around, Holmes faces off against Professor James Moriarty, a genius that rivals Sherlock’s own brilliant mind. This was not a bad movie, though it borrows more than just the characters from Arthur Conan Doyle’s original works. Any Holmes fan will see how this movie will end the moment Riechenbach is mentioned. Still, there is enough action and adventure to keep the audience’s attention as Holmes and Watson travel throughout Europe to stop Moriarty’s sinister plan.
Monday ended up with a double feature, starting with Superman vs. The Elite. Based on a storyline from DC Comics, This animated feature tells the story of what happens when Superman meets “the next generation” of heroes, The Elite. Superman becomes stunned by The Elite’s excessive behavior even as the world around him supports the upstart team’s take no prisoner attitude. More importantly, we see what happens when Superman finally stops pulling his punches. The biggest detriment of this feature is the animation itself. Unlike previous DC releases, the animation is a bit more cartoonish, which I feel weakened the story it was trying to tell. Still, it was not all that bad, and the DVD features a preview of the next animated feature, Dark Knight Returns.
Finally, I went old school with a classic cult flick. Death Race 2000 is one of Roger Corman’s classics, and one that is generally a step above his usual schlocky features. The movie itself is incredibly dated, almost delightfully so, as it is set in the far off year of 2000. In the years leading up to the events of the movie, the most popular sports has become the Trans Continental Road Race. Of course, the biggest thrill of this race is not the cross country driving, but that the racers accumulate points for killing people along the way. The movie cuts back and forth between the colorful racers and the television commentary (count how many times Grace Pander refers to someone as “a personal friend of mine”). All the while, an underground resistance is trying to stop the race, often through means that are as violent as those used by the racers. Surprisingly, there are a lot of stars (or rather, future stars) in this Corman feature, like David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov, and Fredy Grandy. It is not great cinema, but it is a whole lot of fun.
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