When it’s not tediously predictable in its clichés, its complete lack of narrative or thematic daring, and its colorless meathead hero, it’s a mess of incoherent action and noisy psychedelic chaos.
My book is tentatively entitled The Righteous Guild Conspiracy, and it’s a Dan Brown–style mystery adventure set on a human-inhabited planet that is not Earth.
Completely absurd, ultimately pointless, but also gloriously goofy: a Nancy Drew mystery with Scooby-Doo overtones and a thin veneer of bookishness.
There’s not a lot new here, but the vintage footage is fab, as is the much-needed reminder that the supposedly innocent past was hardly innocent at all.
A tad dated and scattershot, but the messy package is inventively absurd… and unlike many Hollywood comedies, able to carry that absurdity to a silly end.
All spoilers. Don’t read until you’ve seen the episode.
We all know how it is. You’d like to get out to see a new movie this weekend, but you neglected to study the conspiracy theories about the Vatican and secret medieval European societies and so you don’t know how to buy a ticket to that Tom Hanks movie. But you can have something close … more…
This is a ridiculously entertaining night at the movies.