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Let's All Go To The Movies.. Or Not: Jack Reacher Edition

12/27/12 in Locker Room   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25454 respect

Blog Photo - Let's All Go To The Movies.. Or Not: Jack Reacher EditionUnce upon a time, there was a guy named Stoney who had this bright idea he would make fun and entertaining contributions to the entertainment section of FanIQ.  He started off slowly and within a matter of a few weeks his plan went to hell.  But there’s no I in quit. Wait.. So since I have a few minutes, I'd like to speak about my movie going experience on Chrimbus.  I decided because of my schedule I was gonna catch something in the morning.  Little did I know my options were pretty much limited to Les Miserables, Jack Reacher, and The Hobbit: An unrequited Hobbit Dwarf Love Story.  Despite the occasional erroneous reports, I am a straight man with no desire to watch Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe sing, so the options are down to 2.  Then I found out the Hobbit is approximately 7 1/2 hours long.  You have to be in the right mindset for that kind of session.  I'm talking base your meals and fluid intake for at least 24 hours around that, make sure all texts and emails have been set with auto replies, the works.  So Jack Reacher it was. 

Like most people, I enjoy the trailers at the beginning of movies in the theater.  At home, not so much.  This time, however, I had to do a double take throughout the 15 minutes of trailers to make sure I’d seen more than just one long trailer for a Marky Mark and The Rock movie.  It turns out, they did show trailers for Pain & Gain, Broken City, and G.I. Joe: Retalliation.  What did I gather from these? Mark Wahlberg is still an awful actor and is horribly miscast in Broken City.  That looks like it could be a damn good movie, but every time they show Wahlberg trying to be serious, you can’t help but groan.  Pain & Gain, directed like Michael Bay looks like fantastic unintentional humor, and I can’t believe they made another G.I. Joe movie.

Now let me take a minute and explain to you out there who aren’t aware, that Jack Reacher is the main character in a series of books 17 written by Lee Child, the nom de plume of Brit Jim Grant.  Rumor has it that a lot of Jack Reacher fans were rather perturbed to learn that their hero, a man of mammoth proportions (6’5” and full of muscle, a 50 inch chest, blond hair and blue eyes) would be portrayed on screen by Tom Cruise who I’m guessing comes in at about 5’6” and 137 pounds.  Seems legit.  Don’t forget to tip Wikipedia next time you get a chance because I learned all of that just then along with all of you.  Where was I? Oh, since I had never read any of the, I’m sure, wondrous tales of Jack Reacher, I didn’t care that this beast of a man was often times accidentally shown to be shorter than his female counterpart throughout the film, Rosamund Pike’s breasts.  Which do look fantastic in her business attire throughout the flick.  Speaking of Rosamund Pike, she has one of those faces that you’re sure you’ve seen somewhere but can’t quite place.  Looking through her imdb page it looks like I’ve seen 10 movies she’s been in.. Huh..

On to the movie! Be forewarned, I’m not going to go through the entire movie plot point by plot point or give spoilers.  That’s what trailers are for.  Rather, I’ll point out some things that stuck with me good or bad and give an overall impression of the movie.  Got it? So the beginning of the movie is actually pretty difficult to watch , especially considering the latest recent tragedy in this country.  Once you get through that, the movie turns into quite a formidable action flick.  Of course you have a few cheesy parts, for the most part the story flows pretty well and contains a good bit of dry humor which was hard to gauge how it went over with the rest of the audience I was with.  One of my favorite character actors Richard Jenkins plays a big role which I was happy to see and Robert Duvall steps in as the old voice of reason and bit of humor. The cinematography was well done throughout with great shots of the PNC park surroundings and seedy parts of town shots at night.  And the fact that Cruise did all of his own driving stunts made the car chase scenes way better than those you’d normally see in a movie like this.  It’s always good to see close ups and steady cam shots in those instances than constant cuts of squealing tires, the speedometer and wide angle flashes.  All in all, if you know that you’re going to see a popcorn action flick, without the emphasis on nonsensical violence, I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed.  That’s not to say, there were some things that left me wanting.

I’m not sure if they are looking to build a franchise here, but the actual character development of Jack Reacher was a little weak if you didn’t come in familiar with the literary character.  Like a lot of movies, things were pretty predictable and I think the Director et al were going for a touch of film noir but the story just wasn’t engrossing or unique enough.  If you wanted to, I’m sure there are more things to pick apart as has been done by a lot of critics.  But at the same time, as I said before, there’s enough here to keep you entertained throughout and that’s why audiences are liking it better than critics on Rotten Tomatoes to a tune of 76% to 60%.  If I had to give a letter grade, I’d say it’s a B.
 
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5/3/13   |   amustsee2010

Waiting for it to arrive on bluray and then watch it in full high-definition glory.. dissertation writing service

1/2/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Andrew McCutchen does his own rendition of some Tom Cruise classics.

12/29/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I'm hoping I can go see this soon.  You mentioned the beginning of the movie hard to watch, I know that's why they delayed the world premiere here and didn't have a big to-do when they did premiere it.  It was kinda low key because of the CT ordeal.

12/28/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62071 respect

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
jack reaching is neotantric.

snort

12/28/12   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   30328 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
:| Neotantric. I hope it delivers, man.

jack reaching is neotantric.

12/28/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62071 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
Django is going to be a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday event depending on my hockey schedule.. I've been waiting for this movie for 2 years

:| Neotantric. I hope it delivers, man.

12/28/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25454 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
K. Back. The trailers for Jack Reacher made me cringe. I'll see it when it hits cable I suppose. New Marky Mark movie, you say? In. I would like you to see Django because I don't know how to feel about it. Is it a western because I heart those, but Foxx and DiCaprio look weird to me in the roles, so I need more info.

Django is going to be a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday event depending on my hockey schedule.. I've been waiting for this movie for 2 years

12/28/12   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   30328 respect

when i see previews for jack reacher, when they flash that red title across the screen at the end, i go into a fit of giggles and offer the nearest living thing (sometimes a dog) if they'd fancy a "jack reacher." but the part about pnc park draws me in a little bit, so thanks for that!

i also really like the term "popcorn action flick."

will you go see that jenga movie everyone's talking about? thanks!

12/28/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62071 respect

K. Back. The trailers for Jack Reacher made me cringe. I'll see it when it hits cable I suppose. New Marky Mark movie, you say? In. I would like you to see Django because I don't know how to feel about it. Is it a western because I heart those, but Foxx and DiCaprio look weird to me in the roles, so I need more info.

12/28/12   |   kteacher   |   34393 respect

I've seen two new movies ------Silver Linings Playbook and because I have ovaries and therefore don't seem to mind watching Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe sing to each other, I saw Les Mis. 

I liked both.

Silver Linings Playbook----I'd give an A. B-Coop really shows off his acting chops (should be casted in movies Wahlberg gets IMHO) .....actually the whole cast is fantastic. The story has a lot going on and probably shouldn't work but it does. I loved it. I really liked the actress who played B-Coop's mom and FINALLY DeNiro is in something good. 

Les Mis ------I like the story (I remember it from high school) and loved the fact that they did live singing. I was actually surprised to see as many men as I did going in to see it. The casting was superb. Ann Hathaway was fantastic----much like Jennifer Hudson's performance of that one song in Dream Girls got her the Oscar, I can see Ann Hathaway's performance of that "dream" song get one for her too. I don't know. She'll probably battle it out with Mary Todd (aka Sally Field).  I might have even shed a tear at the end of this movie (again.....I have ovaries). I'd give this one a B+................because although I liked it, I wouldn't see the whole thing again. 

12/27/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62071 respect

:). I'll read this later, but I'm very happy it exists!

12/27/12   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

Awesome! 

12/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Great write-up Stoney! I won't go see it because I absolutely cannot stand Tom Cruise.  I haven't enjoyed any movie he has been in, except possibly "Days of Thunder" and I only watched that to see the NASCAR drivers.  I can't imagine enjoying this one with him in it, but I really enjoyed your thoughts on it.


I saw "Hunger Games" on DVD Christmas Day and while I found myself staring at Katniss's ridiculous eyelashes and the costumes others wore a little more often than I should, I actually enjoyed the movie.  I didn't expect to, so that was a good surprise.