Qs Reviews – February 21, 2012
This Means War. A vain attempt at a Romantic Comedy that is actually a species of an action thriller that has become known as a bromance. Two CIA operatives FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are the dynamic duo in the field that can take down an army of machinegun toting thugs with a pistol and clever hand to hand combat. They are the best of buddies until Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) becomes their common love interest as they vie for her affection. Try as they might, Lauren vacillates between the two of them as they pull stunt after prank in a ridiculous game of one-up-man-ship. When the really bad thug reappears and Lauren is threatened, the guys bury the hatchet and reunite to vanquish the common enemy. Lots of chases and explosions later Lauren makes her decision, the guys are happy and the world is right again. This film is a complete waste of time. Rated PG-13 for language, violence and sexual content.
The Secret World of Arrietty. A gentle and thoughtful cartoon about the little people who live under our homes and borrow what they need from the world of the “beens” – human beings. The animation is Japanese which gives the film a surreal look but a real feel for the lives and plight of these wee folk who have learned to survive in a dangerous world. Arrietty is 14 and sets out with her father on her first borrowing expedition. They overcome obstacles with cleverness and skill. Unfortunately they are discovered by the “beens” – one who will protect them and another who wants to capture them. The resolution of their dilemma is poignant and beautifully done. This is a quiet, sweet film that older youngsters will enjoy. Rated G and is a family treat. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
Chico & Rita. Lovers of music, especially jazz, and just plain lovers will enjoy this adult cartoon more than they might imagine. The music and vibrant life of Havana, Cuba in 1948 is brought alive as is the jazz scene in New York. The cartoon effects allow the film to fantasize in a way live action would not. Chico is a first class pianist and composer at the height of his talents when he meets Rita who has the voice of an angel and the curves and hot blood of a Latin lover. Their love affair spans decades as their worlds converge, fall apart and then reunite. Their story is told in the music. Along the way we meet Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Woody Herman, Chano Pozo, Desi Arnaz and other jazz greats. This is a real treat, find it and enjoy it. Not rated but would be R for language and strong sexual content. It is a Peggy’s Pick.