Two-Minute Movie Reviews: Lincoln, Life of Pi, Searching for Sugar Man
If you’re planning on taking in a movie over the holiday, here are a few totally uninformed, off-the-wall suggestions, based on nothing more than my own impressions.
Lincoln: If you like watching paint dry, this is the movie for you. I would describe Lincoln as what happens when a director who is determined to win yet another Best Picture Oscar throws a shitload of money and talent at a worthy subject and brings nothing new to it. But predictability is the least of Lincoln’s problems. It’s waaaaay too long – 150 minutes! – and, in spite of the brilliant writing and acting (well, some of it), incredibly banal. Unless, of course you did not know that politicians could be contentious, shallow, racist opportunists and African-Americans were horribly mistreated in the 1800s. Shockeroo, right? Or as my movie buddy said, “Yawn.”
Life of Pi: Brilliant, luminous, magnificent. Most book adaptations are unwatchable. Not this one. Ang Lee and his team have created something magical. Since it’s not formulaic clap-trap, Hollywood is waiting to see how this movie fares at the box-office. If it makes money, there’s a chance other directors will have a chance to do something creative and risky. If not, get ready for more comic book garbage and dreadful sequels. Go see it. Yes, right now! In 3-D, if possible.
Searching for Sugar Man: This documentary has been around since July, but I only just saw it. So should you. It is completely and utterly mind-blowing. I don’t mean to sound like Ms. Smartypants, but I’ve seen a ton of movies and this is without doubt in my top ten, probably top five. It’s hard to say more without giving the story away, so just trust me. You will not be disappointed.