‘Bridesmaids’ offers twist to typical chick flick
Jill Clayburgh and Kristen Wiig star in “Bridesmaids.”
★★★ (out of four)
2011, Dir. Paul Feig, U.S., R
- New films
“The Hangover Part II”
Director: Todd Phillips.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis.
The plot: Right after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil,
Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan
for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
Director: Jennifer Yuh.
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie.
The plot: Po and the Furious Five venture to China to battle a
villain and uncover the secrets of Po's mysterious origins.
- Film roundup
★★ 1/2 (out of four)
“Thor” would seem like a nice fit for the director, as far as
superhero flicks go. Telling the story of a shamed God who is cast
out of his realm by his father the king and forced to learn
humility by living amongst mortals, there’s a Shakespearean quality
to this film that can’t be ignored. Branagh focuses on the
relationships between characters as much as possible, and the whole
thing (up until the overly optimistic finale) takes on the feel of
a grand tragedy tailored to fit into the superhero genre.
Those car chases are pretty freakin’ cool. I’m not even a
muscle-car fetishist, but I’d be lying if I said that the action
sequences in “Fast Five” are anything short of amazing. They are
among the best car-chase set-pieces of the past several decades,
and Lin pulls off the increasingly rare feat of sustained kinetic
coherence. The story finds our “heroes” trotting the globe and
getting into several frantic, high-speed car chases in a variety of
environments — but through all the jump-cuts and cross-cuts and
elaborate, multi-camera stunt logistics, Lin always keeps his eye
on the ball. Things never spiral of control, and the viewer feels
fully integrated into the action. This is involving stuff, and for
the 30 cumulative minutes that “Fast Five” has its game face on,
it’s cinematic nirvana for action junkies.
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 8:39 am
Strange year at the movies thus far. It seems that every film I
look forward to, every movie made by an actual filmmaker like Zack
Snyder or Kevin MacDonald or David Gordon Green or Kenneth Branagh,
spits in my face and stomps on my soul. Meanwhile, random genre
flicks seem to be picking up the pieces, and have at least made the
build-up to summer somewhat bearable.
This week’s random catch is “Bridesmaids,” which could have slid
under the radar as yet another in a long line of worthless “chick
flicks” (most of them starring Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson), but
instead succeeds as a consistently funny, dialogue-driven character
study that, in some respects, gives similar male-centric movies
like “Wedding Crashers” and “The Hangover” a run for their money.
It’s not exactly a revolutionary film, but at this point I’ll
gladly settle for “slightly out of the ordinary.”
Arts and Entertainment
Friday, May 20, 2011 8:39 am.