Goes well beyond the typical mindless array of slapstick and humiliation to reach disgusting new depths of coarseness. Not just appalling, but actually dangerous.
(I think we know the reason…)
Now updated with winners…
Sly observations on American hypocrisy, a fresh father-daughter dynamic, and terrific performances elevate this a cut above the typical revenge thriller.
In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad sort.
Forget about the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film. This one is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious.
Has some trick or act from film or television ever saved your life, gotten you out of a frightening situation, helped you open a jar or bottle?
You would have thought that some segment of the American audience would have liked to see Mel Gibson in a lineup, but this is not getting a theatrical release in North America…
Plus: Johnny Depp can’t see his own 3D POTC movie; Woody Allen sorta down on his own movies; why did Mel Gibson’s The Beaver flop?
Oh yeah, I’m late with this. I carefully gather them all year long and then I never get around to posting them. So here they are at long last. And for 2011, I’m just gonna post ’em as they come in. So there.