Josh Lewis (jlewis07)
Josh's Recent Reviews
Being a Hollywood remake of an independent foreign film, Let Me In is more mainstream than the original, but has enough similarities with the original to maintain the high quality present in the original. Acting wise, this film is at least on par or even a little better than the original, but the minor changes to the story take a little bit of the bite the original had out of the equation. Visually, this film is superior to the original thanks to a bigger budget. The special effects are better (a horrible cat scene from the original sticks out like a sore thumb as much better in this film) and the gore is more realistic. Other than that, they are basically the same. I really liked both versions of the film and both have elements that are better done in each version, but I would give just a very slight edge to the original for not taking out the main context of the story and sticking to its guns. Both versions are very much worth watching and some of the better horror movies of the past decade.
As much love as this film got from the many nerd friends that I have, I found it slightly disappointing. Granted, I did not watch it in theaters on a massive screen where its appeal is probably doubled, but I watched it on a fairly good HD TV on bluray. The plot was not paced very well nor was it all that interesting for a Del Toro film. The visual effects are absolutely spectacular and the action scenes were well done, but I had no interest in any of the characters. They were thinly developed or just there for comic relief. The film felt bloated at over 2 hours. There's a couple of spots in the film where I just wanted them to get on with the fighting because the characters were talking too much. When a film is made by Del Toro my expectations are higher. After all, he gave us one of the best fantasy films of all time in Pan's Labyrinth. Pacific Rim just seemed to me like a less fun version of his visually appealing Hellboy films, just on a bigger scale. It's not bad by any means, but it could have been better and was way over-hyped by its target audience.
Josh's Favorite Movies
Silver Linings Playbook is the best romantic comedy I've seen in a long time, mostly because of how fresh it is and the excellent performances & chemistry among the cast. Most, if not all romantic comedies are predictable, but Silver Linings Playbook kept me on my toes throughout. I had no idea what was going to happen next until the very, very end when it becomes obvious. The characters are all wacky, chaotic, but feel real. They all have problems and are really easy to connect with. David O. Russell could have overdone it with the mental illness angle of the film, but he juggles it perfectly. The cast is excellent. I've never been impressed by Bradley Cooper, but he was so good in this. Completely changes my perspective on him. We already knew how good Jennifer Lawrence is, so I was more looking to see if he could keep up. By the end, I thought everyone was trying to keep up with him. That's not to say that everyone else wasn't up to par, because they absolutely were, but I thought his performance was the most impressive. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper also have great chemistry together. You never question their feelings towards each other. Robert De Niro gives a memorable supporting performance as the father with OCD while the rest of the supporting cast is full of actors just having fun from Jackie Weaver even to Chris Tucker in his first non-Rush Hour role in about 10 years. Anyone who likes a good romantic comedy with serious characters and situations rather than fairy tales should absolutely watch this film.