Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category
Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven’s new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris.
I Love You Phillip Morris is a great movie, but at the same time may not be for everyone. Before getting into the good stuff, the main thing that may turn people off from the movie (Pun Intended) is the homosexuality and how it is presented. The scenes aren’t graphic, but a lot is implied or presented to the viewer and will obviously make some people uncomfortable. Now that we got that out of the way, the movie was brilliantly acted by Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. In particular, Jim Carrey adds a lot of life and elements to his character and to me it was his best role since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Besides being funny and outgoing, he also nailed some of the more serious parts of the movie.
The story itself was well done and without giving away any spoilers will probably through you for a loop towards the end. Throughout the movie you may try to figure out where they are going with the film, but once it is over you will realize how well it got the point through. If you are a movie lover I would definitely recommend I Love You Phillip Morris as it should bring out many emotions while watching and tells a great story.
I Love You Phillip Morris Trailer
My Rating: 9/10
Originally posted 2010-06-07 06:06:08.
A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city’s criminal underworld. It’s a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn’t understand and doesn’t belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city’s innocents.
Defendor is advertised as a comedy and does indeed start out that way, but as the movie progresses the comedy slowly turns to drama until it reaches the point where it is too sad to have any comedic value. To save people from disappointment you should go in expecting a drama with some comedic elements. Woody Harrelson stars as Defendor and puts out a great performance throughout the whole film. Even with his great performance the rest of the film doesn’t add up to it. The plot was interesting, but cliche and predictable at some parts. It also stretches the imagination with many of the events that happen.
The main thing that I believe holds the movie back is the ending. I won’t spoil the ending, but as things progress in the story the movie feels like it has potential to be really good and then once everything happens you kind of feel ripped off. In a way the ending could be considered more realistic, but so many other things in the movie felt unrealistic that it doesn’t really go together. With all that said Defendor isn’t a terrible movie and if anything may be worth it to see just for Woody Harrelson’s performance. Just don’t expect a straight comedy.
My Rating: 6/10
Originally posted 2010-03-25 10:47:22.