Four Movies in Four Days
Special hooray for the return of Bruce Boxleitner, reprising his role from the original. It's been twelve years since Babylon 5 went off the air, and at age 60 he looks great.
Also turning heads was James Frain (True Blood, The Tudors) as Clu's #1 toady Jarvis. Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, 30 Rock) is ridiculous as Zuse, an albino David Bowie/Sweet Transvestite bar owner. Then again, I saw him in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans as a shirtless, bearded, oily werewolf, and my wife reports he's pretty saucy in Twilight: New Moon, so this role fits right in. I'm sorry to report Garrett Hedlund doesn't bring a lot to the table, but at least he's more emotive than the Uncanny Valley Jeff Bridges!
2017 review: The effects are still good, and the Daft Punk soundtrack is great, but the Young Jeff Bridges CGI effects are out of date now, and the movie lacks a third act. Some of the themes of the original Tron were built upon in The Matrix, so this Tron sequel, 11 years after The Matrix, feels a bit reheated by comparison. Olivia Wilde is charming as Quorra, Garrett Hedlund is convincing as Jeff Bridges' son, and I was happy to see Bruce Boxleitner reprise his role from the original.
Date: Saturday January 1, 2011
My wife saw The Fighter with her sister Sara
West Newton Cinema
With: the wife
Date: Sunday January 2
The King's Speech
Landmark Kendall Square
With: Adam, Amy, and Kathy
All those nice folks who went to see Black Swan might have been less disturbed by the pleasant heart-warmer The King's Speech.
This is a biopic done right. The King's Speech tells a man's whole life story through one brief but pivotal chapter in his life. No flashbacks to an oppresive childhood, no scenes in old man makeup, just one story, over the course of a year or two, and an interesting piece of British history too: It's the story of "The Reluctant King" George VI (Colin Firth), who ascended to the throne after his elder brother abdicated for love (to a divorced American) in 1936. Besides the fact that Prince "Bertie" Albert never wanted or expected to be King in the first place, he has to become a public speaker despite a crippling stammer.
Thanks to the advent of radio, Bertie has to speak not only to small groups, but to the entire Empire at once, all over the world, on live radio. There is no pre-recording, no tape editing in 1936. Oh, and did I mention World War II is about to start and the Kingdom needs him now more than ever?