Didn’t see the new Holmes movie, but I have to say it’s somewhat satisfying to see it beat Avatar which I reviewed earlier in the week. Avatar was an amazing looking film about as deep as a saucer and had the temerity to expect audiences to cheer the killing of American troops, who were the bad guys. No wonder James Cameron was snippy with fans this weekend. Maybe next time he’ll get a clue and stop comparing our military to General Custer.
Meanwhile, I saw a movie this weekend that was another fool’s errand: “The Invention of Lying”. An attempt by Ricky Gervais to make a comedy that was flatter than a one sided pancake. The premise is a world where no one lies, becomes easy for our hero to trick because he discovers people believe anything he makes up. The problem lies in the fact that no only is it so obvious in everything that happens, the whole movie is a set up to making fun Christianity. Gervais character makes up a religion just like the one in the bible, and he writes the 10 commandments on the back of pizza boxes so he has something tablet like. Ho ho.
See, people will believe any lie he tells them so why not make up a religious about heaven to give people false hopes?
I don’t know about you, but I am really tired of Christian bashing and I’m not even religious. It’s become such a trite cliche because they never have the guts to take on any other religions. It’s always Christians who get attacked as being stupid or crazy. Maybe because they know they won’t fight back. Well, actually they do. Movies like this one usually bomb. As did this.
The only saving grace of the movie was Jennifer Gardner who was good in it. It had other decent actors, but they were all wooden. Gervais needs to come up with something more original next time.
I also checked out Ninja Assassin, which is as trite as the title implies. The trailer looked like it would have some good action, but it was rather morose and talky with characters almost as one dimensional as the villains in Avatar. Hey, maybe Cameron can direct Flatland next.
The movies I recommend that are out on video this week are Inglorious Basterds, which I think may be Tarantino’s most mature film. District 9, a real sleeper that was way better than I thought. Pandorum, an excellent sci-fi movie with a lot of surprises. Harry Potter, Star Trek and Public Enemies if you didn’t see them. I also kind of liked the Night at the Museum sequel. A decent enough dumb comedy. It has Amy Adams in it, so that sold me on seeing it. Hank Azaria is really funny as an evil Egyptian prince with a bad lisp.