‘Ted’ deserving of unexpected blockbuster success
Mark Wahlberg stars in "Ted."
★★★ (out of four)
2012, Dir. Seth MacFarlane,
“Ted” is rated R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual content and general vulgarity.
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“The Amazing Spider Man”
★★ 1/2 (out of four)
One could argue that this superhero is more suited to the vibrant colors and easy charms delivered by the first three “Spider-Man” films, and the dark alleys and existential quandaries should be left for Nolan alone to explore. But I’m not sure I buy the idea that the Batman movies have a monopoly on darkness and realism. There’s nothing inherently “wrong” with toying with different approaches and tones in the realm of the superhero genre, and in any case making another film in the vein of Raimi’s trilogy would make this seem like even more of a rehash than it already does.
The film has been given a lukewarm recommendation by a majority of published critics, but many others have labeled it as Pixar’s first true misfire, and even its defenders seem half-hearted at best. But don’t be fooled by the overly cynical (and possibly sexist) nay-sayers — “Brave” represents Pixar at its best (or close to it, anyway), and is surely one of the most rewarding times you’ll have at the movies this summer.
Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 7:28 am
I tried to see “The Dark Knight Rises” in time for this week’s column, but that turned out to be a fool’s errand. But never fear — we’ll be looking at the summer’s most anticipated release next time, which I suppose is just as well considering that many viewers will wait until the crowds thin out a bit to see it anyway.
So this week, in lieu of “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (because really, does anyone over the age of 7 even care at this point?), we’ll be playing catch-up with Seth MacFarlane’s feature debut, “Ted,” which has shocked everyone by racking up about $200 million in domestic box office receipts over the course of the past few weeks. It’s the surprise smash of the summer, and although it’s far from a comedic masterpiece, the film is deserving of the attention.
Friday, July 20, 2012 7:28 am.