Too many films, too little time! Check out our brief thoughts on 3 films currently available to rent & own.
Inspired by a true story and based on the novel by Louis de Bernieres, Red Dog tells the story of one very special dog and the impact he had on the residents of the remote mining town of Dampier. The story is told through a series of flashbacks, as the town’s residents share their memories with a newly-arrived trucker who enquiries why the whole town is keeping vigil over a dog. The first half of this story is very charming and it’s quite heart-warming to watch the dog become the heart of the community. However, as the film moves on the emotional manipulation kicks into high gear, and the second half of the film is little more than a series of clichés and overwhelmingly poignant moments. It’s a shame really, because the story is lovely and it didn’t need to be laid on so thick. A nice feature in this film is the music – it’s fun, Australian, and very much of the era.
What’s Your Number?
The oddly named Ally Darling (Anna Faris) reads a magazine article which states that women who have slept with 20 men or more are doomed to be alone. Ally believing she’s going to be a spinster forever, enlists the help of her handsome neighbour (Chris Evans) to track down the men of her past in the hope that one of them is actually her soul-mate. This film is utterly predictable and you can see where it’s going just from looking at the DVD cover. Anna Faris isn’t the most charismatic actress, and it’s hard to feel anything but annoyance towards the pathetic character she portrayals. To put it simply, there is nothing in this film that hasn’t been done better in other romantic comedies. The charming Chris Evans is the shining light in the otherwise beige 106 minutes.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Tucker and Dale vs Evil takes the ‘cabin in the woods’ slasher horror and completely flips it on its head. A group of brainless college students head into the woods for a camping weekend, where they cross paths with Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), a couple of rough-looking types who are spending their vacation at their cabin. The college kids automatically think that Tucker and Dale are out to get them, when it is in fact Tucker and Dale who need to be wary of the kids. This film is packed wall-to-wall with laugh out loud moments – there isn’t anywhere the film won’t go in pursuit of a great set gag. This is the most fun you’ll have with a film that features a wood chipper.
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