Movie Snippets: Dirty War, Ray, The Life Aquatic

Hey, I watched a couple of movies recently.

Dirty War
TiVo recorded this off the HBO a few nights ago, and I thought I’d give it a look. The story revolves around a firefighter, an anti-terrorist team, the Prime Minister of not-so-Jolly Olde Englande, and muslim terrorists who manage to detonate a dirty bomb in downtown London. As you might well imagine, hilarity most certainly does not ensue.

Dirty War is kind of a middle-of-the-road movie. Not dismal, but not great, either. The premise doesn’t seem terribly far-fetched and the outcome is rather grim. Even so, there’s a bit of a “happy ending” tacked on with respect to the firefighter.

Ray
I wasn’t all that thrilled with the idea of watching Ray, but I’m glad I did. The movie itself wasn’t a masterpiece of cinema, but Jamie Foxx was absolutely incredible as the late Ray Charles. Time and again I forgot that I was watching Jamie Foxx, and that may be the biggest compliment one can pay an actor who is portraying a real-life person.

Laura wanted to watch the extended version of the movie, but the added scenes are inserted in such a way as to completely ruin the flow of the film, so we watched the theatrical version instead.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Wes Anderson has directed some quirky movies. He likes Bill Murray and the Wilson brothers (see Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums). I like quirky movies, Bill Murray and the Wilson brothers. Even so, The Life Aquatic kind of caught me off guard. It’s definitely quirky and definitely stars Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. I just wasn’t sure what to make of it.

Here’s the thing: the more I think about The Life Aquatic, the more I enjoy it. The movie is funnier to me now that it was when I was actually watching it, and that’s just plain weird. I need to watch this movie again.

3 thoughts on “Movie Snippets: Dirty War, Ray, The Life Aquatic”

  1. I was surprised by how fast The Life Aquatic moved. Most of his movies are moderately paced at best, allowing you time to figure how you are supposed to feel after certain segments. This new movie just cruised along and left me in its wake…so to speak. I definitely liked it but I wasn’t able to totally grasp it. Although I do know that I loved Willem Dafoe. I felt like he was my respite in the film, every time it settled on him I was comforted.

  2. Aww, that just gives me a warm, gushy feeling right about…no, wait, that’s gas.

    Welcome aboard biker. It’ll be good to have another serious movie buff to parry with kjtoo on these little subtleties. (Even if you do love Mr Dafoe.)

    My Favorite Canadian is an Owen Wilson fan, especially his comedic performances. She is not, to the best of my knowledge, a quirky movie fan.

    Sounds like a Monty Python film. Much funnier to remember than to watch.

  3. The Willem Dafoe character was definitely funny, and I do count myself a fan of his work in general. He was excellent in Shadow of the Vampire, and it would have been interesting to see him play Tom Clancy’s John Clark character outside of Clear and Present Danger.

    THB speaks true about the pacing, too. Wes Anderson’s films are generally kind of on the slow side, whereas The Life Aquatic was pretty up-tempo. In fact, it has a couple of downright action-packed sequences that stride unabashedly into the realm of the surreal.

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