Posts Tagged ‘Javier Bardem’

Someone Should Have Counseled Ridley Scott About This Film..

In Movies on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Image was that bad. Really. Every review was spot on and this movie totally deserves the 34% rating it has received on Rotten Tomatoes. Seriously.

“The Counselor”, directed by Ridley Scott, stars an amazing cast consisting of Michael Fassbender, as the Counselor, yes that is how he is addressed throughout the film, Javier Bardem, as Reiner a crazy-haired excentric drug dealer, I think, Cameron Diaz, as Malkina, the sensual unpredictable evil counterpart to Reiner, Penelope Cruz, as Laura the counselor’s love interest, and Brad Pitt, as Westray, a smart slick southerner who has no problem pulling up his roots when he fears that his drug deals go south.

“The Counselor” tells the story of a man who has everything and wants more. The counselor is wealthy but when we encounter him he is about to become even richer by becoming involved in a drug deal and then investing that money into a club, part owned by Reiner. Things begin to go south and this movie just drags it on..and on.. and on.

The straw that killed this film is mainly due to the lethargic and obese script written by Cormac McCarthy. Comarc, Cormac, Cormac…I love you man. I love “No Country For Old Men” I also rather enjoyed The Road but damn man, enough is enough. There is only so much philosphy and lengthy speeches explaining this aforementioned philosophy you can have in a film before it becomes dull and confusing. That’s what happened with this film. It became tedious to the point where people left the theater. You heard that correct. People bought 14 dollars tickets and left the theater because this movie was so dry and mired in dialogue. The performances were alright but they were absolutely held back by the lengthy speeches that they had to give. More action, less talking! I have a few more points to make about this film but I fear doing so here will only spoil it for those that really are interested in seeing this mess. For those that have, read on, for those that haven’t, don’t.

What was Malkina’s motivation? Greed obviously, but how the hell was she able to target that shipment of drugs. What was her back story? Are we going to have any character development?

Who was the counselor making a deal with? It clearly wasn’t the cartel because they went on a killing spree even after they got their shipment back. The major plot point was lot on me.

That ending. Ugh. So anti-climatic and yes, Cormac, we know you’re one for the anti-climatic endings, but God, really? She’s dead, everyone’s dead, except for Malkina of course. But I hate her character, so why does she live? I had no attachment to her character and I had very slight attachment to everyone else’s and yet she’s the one that gets away. Awful.

That philosophical bartender. You know that one I’m talking about. The Mexican bartender. Sweet. Jesus. Why does every single person have a distinct understanding of life within this film and why did they fee the need to share it? He also spoke impeccable English with a slight accent but was able to have an understandable discourse with the counselor even though he appeared to have very little education. Do extras exist in this film or is everyone given about 87 lines of dialogue.

Writing about how bad this movie was makes me even more upset. Don’t go see this, you’ll thank me for it.


The Sky Did Indeed Fall in Skyfall

In Movies on November 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

The third Daniel Craig Bond movie is here and it is beautiful. Directed by Sam Mendes, who directed American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, James Bond finds himself up again Silva, a super smart computer hacker, who used to be an MI6 agent and is played by Javier Bardem. Bond enlists the help of Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Eve Moneypenny, played by Naomi Harris, to battle Silva who has a personal vendetta against M, played by Judi Dench. Bond travels from Shanghai to Macau in order to find, capture, and interrogate Silva who managed to get his hands on a list that MI6 has kept of all the known agents hidden within terrorist organizations. Oh, did I also mention that Bond is recovering from a near death experience hampered by an alcohol addiction? Oh I didn’t?  Did I also mention that there is a soldier turned bureaucrat who appears to want to make Bond’s life very difficult, Gareth Mallory, played by Ralph Fiennes? Oh I didn’t ?Well he is and he is back and better than ever. This movie had some amazing shots within it, a lot of shadow play, and took place in some amazing places. The cinematography was beautiful and benefited from the haunted Daniel Craig that was running around and fighting within it. In this film, the viewer gets a glimpse at the man behind the gun and the woman directing his shots. Both are haunted by the decisions they made and the events that they were involved in, in the past. I haven’t seen a Bond yet that showed us this vulnerable of a Bond and I loved it. He isn’t superman, he is the layman who knows  how to shoot a gun and how to break a neck. I suggest you see this movie even if you haven’t seen other Bond films, because, well, this is an entirely different Bond. It’s a beautiful film, well acted, with just enough action and just enough drama to keep lovers of both satisfied. Go see it! You won’t regret it.

Now onto the nitty-gritty spoiler filled review.

Judi Dench was absolutely great in this movie and a lot of people have given her the title of Bond girl for the amount of screen time she had during the film and her performance. I thought she gave M more character then I had ever seen before, although I wished she gave a bit more. Just a little bit of emotion, a tear or two. I’m not asking for Niagara Falls here, I just felt in some moments she could have been a little less stone faced and a little bit more raw.

Naomi Harris gave some life to Moneypenny who I remembered as being Bond’s secretary and that woman who Bond can never seem to remember but she can never forget him. I liked seeing her in action and even being the one to shoot Bond, GASP, that never happens! It gave some life to her character and I really do hope they bring her back for more.

I liked Javier Bardem, however, I thought his final scene fell flat. He had the opportunity to kill M, and yet stalled, and thus ended up dead. I understand he was torn, there appeared to be some weird mother son relationship between the two of them, but I felt that he only stalled for the script’s sake, not for reality’s sake. This man blew up her office and engineered it so M could witness the entire thing. He wanted her to suffer and yet he stalled pulling the trigger. It was a bit contradictory to me.

I like Ralph Fiennes as the new M. I truly do and I hope they make at least two more Bond movies with this cast of characters because it would be a damn shame if they put all of these great characters and actors into place, only to have Bond replaced by someone else.

One thing I did not enjoy, was the similarity between Javier Bardem’s character and the Joker, from “The Dark Knight”. This raises a good question, can a character represent utter chaos and not be compared to the Joker? I don’t know but especially when Q figured out that his plan was to get caught AND then Javier Bardem is riding in the police car. My brain just couldn’t help but compare the too. Does the film suffer from the comparison? No. It just seemed like it was done already.

Also, Berenice Marlohe’s character isn’t really worth mentioning, hence why she wasn’t mentioned in the summary, but I think it would have been nice to have her character developed a little bit. We see her, Bond sleeps with her, and she’s dead.