Unrealistic but happy
- May 13, 2009
Gotta love Cruise's confidence. Reacher in the books is supposed to be twice this actor's size.Arrival I will freely admit that I've got a thing for Amy Adams and I like cerebral Sci-Fi so Arrival has been on my To Watch list pretty much since release. Overall, I like the message of the movie and the structuring of the mystery itself but I had a really hard time with the desaturated colors and the darkness (as in poorly lit) of the movie. It also drags a little too much, particularly towards the end when everything feels mostly resolved and it still keeps going for scene after scene as if it is afraid to end. Oh, and I find "dying/dead kid" to be one of the worst backstory/motivation tropes there is and it kept pulling me out whenever Louise's kid showed up.
Jack Reacher or "Hyper Masculine Dream Fic: the Movie". Tom Cruise is a former military police officer who's also a superb martial artist and crack shot, massively intelligent with a physique like Adonis and he's free of societal constraints and mores. Ayn Rand couldn't have come up with a more implausible action hero if she tried. If you can get past the hilariously Gary Stu main character Jack Reacher is a pretty decent movie though. Reacher gets involved in a frame job against a former marine sharpshooter and quickly unveils a conspiracy. It is a movie with a brisk pace, good action and Cruise brings the kind of charisma he always does. I will say that the final revelation of the conspiracy and how it is resolved is pretty underwhelming, but that's a minor quibble.