Baseball, Biology, Bolivia, and Boredom

I don’t want to be bored when watching a movie. Perhaps my expectations are too high. Perhaps I’m asking too much. Perhaps I’ve overly adapted to the constant jump-cuts and explosions of mainstream film, but suspense and intrigue also work quite well to keep me interested thank you very much. These films had problems in this department.

Moneyball: B-: All sports movies should be underdog stories, and most are. They make the films easier to watch for those not incredibly interested in the sport. Additionally, if they’re using the sport as a backdrop for a more important issue, it’s even more poignant. (Especially racism a la Remember the Titans and Invictus.) Moneyball was a baseball movie about stats and economics. Baseball, stats, and economics are each far from exciting. The screenwriter and actors put up a valiant effort to make these subjects interesting. They didn’t quite succeed.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: B: I’d originally avoided the movie as part of the lamentable franchise, but gave it a chance after all the Oscar hoopla Andy Serkis was getting. (Though he still didn’t get the nomination.) There were certainly no surprises and it seemed to drag several times. It picked up once the apes really became the focus, culminating in a fantastic action sequence on the Golden Gate Bridge. All the humans were terribly trite though, especially the pointless girlfriend character.

Blackthorn: C: One thing is certain, Bolivia has some gorgeous landscapes. Unfortunately, that’s all that Blackthorn really had going for it, no matter how many Western tropes were thrown into it. The one Western staple that was missing, however, was the suspense that makes them so fun. There was also a mostly useless series of flashbacks throughout the film to needlessly explain his and the Sundance Kid’s disappearance.

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