Thursday Movie Picks

Thursday Movie Picks: Child Actors Venturing Out of Typecasting

Not going to lie, reading this typecasting theme for the first time gave me hives. It is a brilliant theme, don’t get me wrong, but it also expects some serious thinking. I had to ask Brittani for help because this typecasting thing was for some reason very difficult for me. Even now I’m not sure if I got it right.. it’s such a tricky and frustrating theme because it focuses on careers rather than movies. And frankly, most of the careers I follow from start to finish have been less about typecasting and more about being everything.

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Spring Breakers (2013)

Spring Breakers

This post is designed towards giving away too much information – putting it simply, spoilers.

Everything you’d know before watching Spring Breakers will most likely work against it. The over hyped sexual context, the lack of clothes, the Disney graduates and last but not least, the egoistic James Franco. Yet, Harmony Korine manages to create a harmonized multidimensional story that actually feels authentic if you stop watching 10 minutes before the actual end.

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# 174 – Beastly

There isn’t much to say about this movie, rather stupid and really annoying with its naive story-line. Since the movie is based on a book that is based on the all so famous “Beauty and the Beast” – I could say it is the book’s fault but since I don’t want to, I say that it is all on the movie.

The only good thing about it was Alex because well, I’m a woman and I love the Brits to the core but even Alex couldn’t save this one, sorry Alex. The movie is basically about a boy (Alex Pettyfer) who is very popular and has a big overblown ego – he gets cursed by this which (played by Mary-Kate Olsen) and then he has to find love while being ugly. Ugly in this movie means having open scars and weird tattoos and being bald – not like the original version which was all hairy and stuff. So he has to find somebody who would fall in love with him and then due to an epic story-line stupidity she has to live with him. He has a maid and a blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris) and they all live there and he builds her a rose garden or what ever and they live happily ever after without the curse of course.

So, it really does sound stupid right? Well, it is no Forrest Gump and I suggest you not to watch if your looking for some intelligent company – I watched it because I wanted to see Alex and because I was studying and needed something really stupid to get my mind off of schoolwork.  So 1 out of 5 for this one, it would be 1,5 actually because of Alex.

# 164 – Sucker Punch

So I finally went to the movies again – yay for that. A big slap for the movie choice though, Sucker Punch managed to be an absolute storyline failure. Though the visual and musical aspect of it all saved it a little bit for me. But watching this at home in front of a small 12 inch monitor (my laptop which is my main movie provider) would have been a disappointment. Though Zack Snyder is good.. 300 was pretty awesome. But not all twisted action movies have to be good to the core.

The story itself was about this Baby Doll (this was her name, literally, this was the only character name she was given) who ended up in a mental facility because she accidentally killed her sister after their (her) parents died. Then she ends up in this alternative universe where she is a dancer who is to be sold to the highest bidder but while she dances she ends up in the third universe where she is a warrior some sorts with her other dancer friends: Sweet Pea, Rocket and a brunette who’s called Blondie and the fifth was Amber. Which makes total sense because all the white girls got like code names going on and then the Korean is simply Amber. That’s just.. not to say that the movie is racist but just pointing out the interesting connection I made there. The sexy actresses playing the mentally ill/dancers/warriors were Emily Browining (Baby Doll), Abbie Cornish (Sweet Pea), Jena Malone (Rocket), Vanessa Hudgens (Blondie) and Jamie Chung (Amber).

I don’t know what was with the different levels of consciousness and how one can shift to another world just by dancing but that aside.. the whole point was just too lucid for me. It was said in the beginning that they need five things – a map, fire, a knife and a key. The fifth element was supposed to be a  mystery. But surely I was thinking that Baby Doll was the fifth and like always with these predictable things, I was right. And the girl who actually didn’t want to be apart of it all got out. Later on they poked Baby Doll’s eye out but when I wanted to see the empty dark eye socket I couldn’t because the eye was there. And in that moment.. I didn’t like the movie and that is that. Why do something and then make it like it never happened. Was it to play with our minds like the end of Inception? To think of it, it did remind me of Inception a lot of the times.. but just a poor version of it – like a basic treasure hunt or something. With girls fighting in high heels – cause they are so comfortable!

Anyway, a 2 out of 5 for it cause it sure did look like a decent movie with the visuals (probably would’ve been even better as 3D…) and the opening song is on replay since I started to write this review. At least something good came out of it.