Thursday, July 08, 2010

Free movie passes!

Hey, Utah! Go to The Reel Place to get free passes to see Cyrus, the critically acclaimed comedy from Sundance 2010 starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei.

Predators and Despicable Me reviews!

Visit The Reel Place for reviews of Robert Rodriguez's Predators and Steve Carell's animated family flick Despicable Me!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Eclipse and The Last Airbender reviews!

Go to The Reel Place for reviews of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Knight And Day review!

Go to The Reel Place for my review of the new Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz blockbuster romance/comedy/action flick Knight And Day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Toy Story 3 review!

My review for Toy Story 3 is now up at The Reel Place.

Also check back soon for passes to see an advanced screening of Cyrus in Salt Lake City!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Robin Hood

- Four stars (out of five)
- Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content.
- Who’s going to like it: fans of Robin Hood, Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott and imaginative historical action flicks.

A fun and interesting reimagining prequel to the Robin Hood legend we already know.

Ever since the trailers for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood first surfaced, everyone’s gripe has been the same. “Starring Russell Crowe and being directed by Ridley Scott, it looks more like Gladiator 2 than Robin Hood.” Know this: Robin Hood is far from being a Gladiator sequel and it is nothing like the Robin Hoods we’ve seen before.

Scott’s Robin Hood is highly complex. It begins in France as a huge number of English crusaders, under the direction of King Richard The Lionheart, raid a French castle. When King Richard is killed in battle, all of his men split for the coast, trying to beat the rush to catch a boat across the channel. While en route to the sea, accomplished archer Robin Longstride (Crowe) and his group of loyal friends - including Little John (Kevin Durand, LOST) and Will Scarlett (Scott Grimes, Band Of Brothers) – have a run in with French soldiers seeking to destroy the king and his army of crusaders. The results of this battle send Robin on a personal mission to Nottingham, but not without crossing paths with the king’s royal family and risking his life for the good of others.

Because the events that happen from this point forward are surprising and fun, I will refrain from getting into the plot any further.

This telling of the adventures of Robin Hood begins so very differently from those that we have seen in the past that it is a bit confusing. If you can remember that this is a reimagining of the characters and their tale, with an open mind accepting the changes made, then you will find it a fun new twist on the nearly thousand-year-old myth.

Although Robin Hood is rated PG-13, know that it is more violent, graphic and racy than most PG-13 movies.

Robin Hood is not, by any means, a perfect film. But it sure is fun. Cate Blanchett’s Maid Marion is more in harmony with the women of our times than of those in which the film is set. Several of the fighting sequences are corny. A few large chunks of dialogue are hammy. But the refreshing new ideas applied to the Robin Hood mythology mixed with the complex twists of the film’s plot make it worth watching.

While Robin Hood may not be winning the most critics over, it did win this one – and I wont be surprised if most audiences enjoy it the same.

Photo credit: Universal Pictures