By: Marielle –
Our two wide releases this weekend are great representatives of the DOs and DON’Ts of film-making.
The Ides of March –
* Plot: An engaging political drama that pits idealism against the harsh realities of a presidential campaign for a young but experienced staffer; the title alludes to the date that Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by conspirators.
* Theme: An ethical quandary involving doing what is right, trying to win, and revenge—universal problems that many people can relate to.
* Cast: A stellar (and often attractive) line up of Clooney, Gosling, Giamatti and…
* Sealer of the Deal: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Another Ryan Gosling movie is an anticipated toast. You can’t go wrong with a baby goose.
Real Steel –
* Plot: An evolution of sport fighting that assumes the world will soon stop wanting to see people beat on each other or aggressively hug and moan in an octagon. Riiiight.
* Theme: Humans feel pain, so using a robot surrogate takes away the physical stakes and consequences and instead adds expensive robot repair bills?
* Bonus Theme: Your son will believe in you if you train a robot to fight and win. But only then.
* Cast: Stars Hugh Jackman, but the robots steal the action spotlight.
* Breaker of the Deal: a young kid with daddy issues.
OMG, guys! I think the broken down robot is a metaphor for Hugh Jackman’s character. WHOA.
Have a fiver and watch the smashy-smashies. I’ll be at home researching whether all men resolve their financial problems by returning to the ring.