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Movie 43

16 Jun

movie 43

 

 

Directors: Bob Odenkirk, Elizabeth Banks, 11 more credits

Writers: Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko, 28 more credits

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Emma Stone, Richard Gere

Motion Picture Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

 

Actors are a notoriously fickle group. Many seek approval if not adoration from their audience and once obtained can too readily lose their grasp of reality. Even if they start out with ego nicely in check the approval, adoration and applause goes to the head and causes them to forget who they are, what they do and where they started from. It is why some turn to alternative therapies and cults, others decide that they can save the planet and / or third world orphans and it is why Russell Crowe thought that he could sing in Les Miserables. It’s hubris. It’s being surrounded by an entourage. It’s the blinkered view of the world that delivers vanity projects such as Movie 43.

This so bad it hurts film is advertised as having ‘the biggest cast ever assembled’. Along with that highly debatable claim the film-makers describe the ensuing carnage as epic, jaw-dropping and side-splitting. Wild claims indeed. There are various stars assembled as per writers and directors, but the movie that they deliver is a huge failure and a classic vanity project. This one contains 8 or 9 unconnected episodes that run for about 10 minutes each. Within them the likes of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry and Gerard Butler embarrass themselves.

I don’t know the origins of this trash, but the various episodes seem like outtakes from other films, inside Hollywood anecdotes or bad bar jokes. There is very little here that is original and most of the episodes are childish, low brow and insulting. I laughed once or twice in the home schooling segment featuring Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, but that was about it. Episodes with makeshift tampons, mangled dicks and violent leprechauns did make my jaw drop, but not in a good way. The only reason why such big name stars got involved has to be hubris and vanity – the type that convinces them that they too can get down with the kids and make a gross-out comedy.

Dream House

10 May

Director: Jim Sheridan

Writer: David Loucka (screenplay)

Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts

Motion Picture Rating: PG – 13

Runtime: 92 minutes

 

 

 

One has to be sceptical when a film with multiple A-list stars gets a limited run in cinemas, gets zero promotional support from said stars and comes in with a modest 90 minutes runtime. I must have blinked and missed this one at my local cinema. I vaguely remember the background story that Craig and Weisz hooked up on set and married soon after wrapping it. Besides that, it’s interesting to a point that Jim (My Left Foot) Sheridan directs and that once again we are back inside a haunted house for supposed thrills and chills (like The Awakening, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark etc.)

My scepticism going into Dream House was very well founded. This is a terrible film. It is so bad that I can understand why the stars refused to promote it, but I can’t understand why they signed on in the first place. It starts off with some very odd Capraesque scenes of family bliss, moves into a period of very low impact shocks and then properly unravels in the second half. The plot radically changes direction at the mid-point and is mainly signposted by a serious change to lead actor Daniel Craig’s hairstyle.

I am not lying when I say that the 3 most influential films on Dream House have to have been The Shining, Ghost, and Shutter Island. Imagine putting those pieces together or even wanting to! And whilst I still love The Shining, both Ghost and Shutter Island did little but annoy me. Here their plot devices are crudely merged and the result is maximum annoyance. Dream House wastes Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz whilst Craig just looks sad and confused. Really very poor.

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