Pretty quiet week here. Just two in the multiplexes.
I reviewed Vacation (33) below. I liked it, but I’m in the minority. Most find it’s gross out humor not balanced with the heart of the original, I disagree. Ty Burr: “What’s interesting about Vacation is that it holds on to the original’s acrid cynicism for the first 40 minutes or so before turning predictable and bland. There are some real, nasty laughs to be had here, but they’re front-loaded.” It will be interested to see if the box office receipts will generate another cycle of Vacation films–will they go to Europe, enjoy the family at Christmas, etc.?
The fifth in the series, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (75)is getting pretty good reviews and will probably do well enough to get another film out of it. Tom Cruise is getting long in the tooth but doesn’t look it. Mick LaSalle: “McQuarrie devises a film that’s a succession of riveting sequences, filmed in a way that’s active and yet elegant. The camera keeps moving within shots, but not in a subjective, jittery way, but rather like a third person narrator calmly emphasizing the essential points.”
Finally there’s Twinsters (81), which sounds like a sit-com, is a doc about twins separated at birth that discover each other. Justin Chang: “The overriding effect of Twinsters is a sense of pleasure at having borne witness to emotional epiphanies of the most affecting and intimate sort.”