Verdict: A Road Trip Worth Taking
The Highwaymen starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the real life men tasked with ending Bonnie & Clyde’s reign of terror in the 1930’s is as fine a Netflix original movie as any they’ve released so far or as fine a movie I’ve seen in a while period. It’s not a superhero movie. Not a sequel, a reboot or a remake. It’s finely acted and the movie moves at a slower pace most jump cut editors and movie studios don’t allow these days for fear they’ll lose the audience’s two-second attention spans. I really enjoyed the hell out of this movie.
Verdict: In The Jungle (with half a good) Book
Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? Triple Frontier sees an all-star cast of Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal) reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. Loved the set up, the fast pace, the planning, and the heist. Oh man, the heist. In a secluded estate deep in the jungle, on a time-clock, in the rain…get the money, kill the kingpin and get out before the family gets home from church. The tension and build up to all of this was simply terrific…and then it seemed the writers decided to consult the screenplay and movie plot handbook 101 as the predictable blueprint for the rest of the movie. I even found myself bumping the 10-second fast forward button repeatedly just to get to the end. Not since Dead Poets Society have I been so entertained by the first half of a movie and so utterly bored by the second. I know that’s blasphemy, but to this day Dead Poet’s is the only movie I’ve ever left early. Luckily for me this time, I had a remote control.
Verdict: Painful Theatre
I had low expectations when I hit play on this Mötley Crüe biopic and it didn’t even live up to those. Bad acting and making bad behavior worse by somehow making it boring dooms this heavy metal head scratcher to a horribly predictable VH1 Behind The Music episode. The Dirt even breaks the fourth wall just so it can tell viewers some of the things you are about to see didn’t actually happen. Do yourself a favor and don’t hit the play button.