I went to the movies Wednesday night. I saw the first 35 minutes of “2 Fast 2 Furious“. It was 2 brainless 2 boring. The producer/mechanic forgot that they needed a script, forgot that a buddy film needs buddies, a cops and robbers film needs cops (and robbers), a good-guy bad-guy movie needs good guys AND bad guys. Either the movie was playing to a fantastically advanced moral and ethical subtext, or maybe it was just stupid. I can only watch a speedometer rev from 100 to 160 in Furious-vision so many times before my brain goes numb. (Do these guys -ever- decelerate?) I’d like to live in their world; No matter how fast you’re driving, or even if you’re not driving at all, all you have to do to underscore your point is is downshift forcefully.
I walked out of 2 Fast 2 Furious and in on Dumb and Dumberer. The title doesn’t disappoint. Except for some ridiculousness issues, it was moderately mindlessly funny. An example of ridiculousness: Harry smeared chocolate all over a bathroom and the owner thought it was poop. A few scenes later, the supposedly intelligent owner had cleaned it up but apparently not figured out that it wasn’t poop. But hey, it IS called “Dumb and Dumberer”…
I also snuck in on the last 10 minutes of Bruce Almighty. Sappy, stupid. And I saw the last 20 minutes of Finding Nemo. I couldn’t get a good read on the film from just the ending… Disneyesque?
Here is a great take on The Matrix Reloaded. From http://ter.air0day.com/index.php?script=matrixreloaded. Thanks to jwz for the pointer.