Finally, I actually have new releases to talk about!
- The Martian. Cast Away meets Apollo 13 as once again Matt Damon needs to be rescued! This was breathtaking. It's been way too long since I was this excited about a Ridley Scott movie, but the master delivered the goods big time here. I went into this movie blind; I wouldn't have even known it was Scott directing except I justwasppened to glimpse a magazine cover story about him in a bookstore about a couple of weeks ago. Didn't even see the trailer!
I thought the disco soundtrack was a direct response to Guardians of the Galaxy and their 70s-80s soundtrack, but I'm told that this was part of the original novel on which the movie is based, so there you are. I did think Guardians used their music in a more creative way, though. Regardless, it was very thrilling to watch, and I couldn't help but smile at the fact that a black guy named Rich plays a key role in the story...
- The Walk. I saw the Oscar-winning doc Man on Wire, the first film about daredevil wire-walker Philippe Petit and his insane 1974 wire-walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, back when I was living in Columbus, and while I liked it, there was a bit of an emotional distance I got from it, as if it didn't quite feel real.
I had no such experience from watching The Walk, the dramatization of that film, directed by Robert Zemeckis. I watched it in 2D, because I knew there was no way in hell I could watch a film like this, given all its vertigo-inducing, computer-generated, bird's-eye shots of New York from over a thousand feet high, in 3D. The digital re-creation of the Twin Towers aside, I did feel more connected to Petit's story. He wanted to do this outrageous stunt, so he did it. Why? Who can say - and in the end, it doesn't matter that much. As a New Yorker, The Walk made me not only appreciate the Twin Towers in a new way, it actually made me miss them now that they're gone - and the movie very subtly acknowledges you-know-what at the end while not mentioning it at all, which was a graceful way to end a movie like this. I've seen some complaints written about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's French accent, but honestly, it didn't bother me.
- Steve Jobs. Vija saw this before me, and in her words, "There wasn't really a story other than Steve Jobs had a precarious relationship with his daughter." I find I have to agree. I'm still wondering why this left me cold but The Social Network, another Aaron Sorkin-written movie about a new media mogul who turns out to be an asshole, got me excited. The three-scene concept sounded like a great idea on paper, but they all followed similar patterns. And after awhile, I found it really hard to care about Jobs. Still, Michael Fassbender was dynamite; Oscar nominee for sure and he may even win. I think Seth Rogen will get nominated as well.