Monday, March 5, 2012

Film Fest - This Means War

This Means War is a light-weight but mildly amusing combo of buddy movie and rom-com. This spies-who-fall-for-the-same-girl flick works only on the strength of the three stars' charm: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy.  I did enjoy it...

But why can no one make a pure romantic comedy right now?

This Means War film

Is love not love without a car chase?  Or a Crude Best Friend?  (This time the girl's best friend and well done, if it had to be.)  But as soon as I left the theater I started mentally refilming this story as it might have been in the '40s or '50s with Cary Grant or Rock Hudson as the American spy, maybe David Niven as the Brit... Grace Kelly?  Audrey Hepburn?  The plot of many earlier films were at least as silly, but then the story played out with that era's wit, style, elegance! Spies require derring do, yes, (the paintball fight was fun), but how about an adult story with less of that checklist of 14 year old boy gotta-haves?

If Doctor Zhivago were made today, it'd look like Mission Impossible!

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