As we all suffer from our turkey and stuffing hangovers, the movie world takes a little bit of a break in order give us time to recover. Wouldn't want to completely overload us for the holiday season. Not too much on the docket this week except for your everyday martial arts hero living in a small western town and a thriller about ballet dancers. Remember, I'm not actually reviewing these flicks, just predicting were they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what this week has to offer.
I've seen a lot of scary things in my day, but the poster for Black Swan might take the cake. I didn't think anything could make Natalie Portman undesirable, but this might have done it.
Creepy promotional material aside, Black Swan is already generating a fair amount of Oscar buzz and why not? Any time someone can make a psychological thriller about ballet dancing it has to be up for some kind of award. In fact, making ballet dancing interesting at all is probably worth something. Director Darren Aronofsky is just the kind of creepy mind we need to handle a thriller like this. After all, he made Requiem for a Dream (78%, and one of the most disturbing films I've seen) and even thought to put Mickey Rourke in tights (The Wrestler - 98%). See what I mean?
Black Swan tells the story of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers putting on a production of "Swan Lake." Basically a bunch of creepy stuff happens including toenail clipping, self-mutilation and pissed off looking mirror-images. Again, Aronofsky marches to a different beat.
A fair amount of reviews are already in and the marks are high at 87%. I see it dipping a bit as more reviewers get a hold of it, but nothing too dramatic. The Rotten Watch for Black Swan> is 83%.
On the one hand, this movie looks visually stunning, full of awesome fight scenes, great special effects and a whole host of stunts and action. On the other hand, the dialogue just seems inexcusably brutal. I could barely make it through the trailer having to listen to Jang Dong-gun, Geoffrey Rush and whoever else utter a whole host of terrible lines.
Geoffrey Rush - "I guess that's the end of them."
Jang Dong-gun (in not so confident English) - "No, it's just the beginning."
Ugggh. When the talking in a movie is not up to snuff, well the whole thing suffers. See: Any Vin Diesel production. It almost doesn't matter what the hell else is happening on screen. And I think that is where The Warrior's Way will really be held back. Director Sngmoo Lee doesn't have much of a resume to speak of, and by that I mean, he doesn't have any resume at all. So it's hard to know what we'll be getting.
I could be wrong about this movie, and I hope I am, because many other aspects of it look real, real cool. The minimalistic backgrounds, extravagant action sequences, ninjas, swords - it's all stuff I can get behind. It may just have to be on mute. The Rotten Watch for The Warrior's Way is 47%.
Where do you think The Warrior's Way will end up on the Tomatometer?
It wasn't all great, but wasn't all terrible for the Rotten Watch last week. On the one hand we had Disney pumping out another winner with Tangled (Predicted 93% Actual 87%). We'll take that as a victory. Then we get Love and Other Drugs (Predicted 53% Actual 42%) and Faster (Predicted 55% Actual 43%) both falling on the wrong side of likable. The Rotten Watch wasn't far off on either, but I expected critics to give a few more thumbs-ups.
Then we get to Burlesque (Predicted 64% Actual 33%). I wish I had a good excuse for this, but the Rotten Watch was a little too swayed by early reviews that clearly ended up being in the minority. 64% was just way to high for a campy film starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. Just writing that last line has me confused as to what (if any) thought process I had for that score.
Next week, the kids return to Narnia while Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie become sightseers. It's going to be a Rotten Week!