This week is highlighted (or low-lighted) by a pair of unnecessary remakes.
Opening on Wednesday was a reboot (god how I hate that word–which basically means, “we have no new ideas”) of Robocop (52). The original, now 27 years old (!) was an exciting, still fresh work, so there was no need to revisit. Marc Mohan: “Aggressively loud, terminally mediocre.”
We also have a remake of Endless Love. I will eventually rent this film, if only to stare longingly at Gabrielle Wilde. Michael Phillips: “A movie just begging to go up in the flames of camp. If only somebody had brought a match.”
Most intriguing for me is Winter’s Tale (32), an adaptation of the novel by Mark Helprin. Of course, it’s getting bad reviews–it was directed by hack screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. But I may have to see it. As The Beatles sang, “I just had to look, having read the book.” It’s a fantasy that involves early New York gangs and a flying horse. Genevieve Koski: “It’s a greeting card of film, full of platitudes and pleasant imagery, and destined to be thrown in a drawer and forgotten in short order.”
The other wide release this week is a black remake of David Mamet’s About Last Night (62). Mamet’s title was Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the first film was de-fanged and largely forgettable. This one might be better. If a remake is in order, remake a bad movie, not a good one. Joe Neumaier: “It’s playful, stable and sexy, thanks to a cast that knows how to find the sweet spots.”
Another rental for me this week is Lucky Bastard (33), a found-footage film about the pornographic web-cam business. Drew Hunt: “In the end, considering the numerous ways the film goes limp, it seems credibility still eludes the found-footage genre.”
Of the other indie releases this week, there’s Adult World (61), which despite its title is not about the porn industry, and stars Emma Roberts, and Girl on a Bicycle (35).