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May 5, 2011 - Meg Alexander
I don't always agree with the critics, but they really nailed it with two films I watched this week.
Justly earning Academy Awards acclaim is "The King's Speech," a phenomenal film about King George VI and his exhausting battle with a stutter he developed as a young child. Anyone who has ever experienced any anxiety in giving a speech, which is most of us, can empathize with this man's plight. I am a big fan of Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pierce, so I was really looking forward to seeing this movie since I first saw the previews. It took me a little while, and by now, most of you have hopefully seen it already, but on the off chance you haven't — you simply must. I was delighted with the humor and devastated by the story of a neglected prince. And the suspense! It nearly killed me! Combined with impeccable performances, beautiful cinematography and a brilliant musical score, this is a dazzling film that is bound to become a classic.
Now then, the next evening when I sat down to watch "The Tourist," I learned the critics were again correct in their conclusions. I had confidence in the actors and didn't expect the movie to deserve the Razzie Award nominations it garnered, but I was wrong. "The Tourist" is indeed dreadful. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are so good looking, they should, if nothing else, be entertaining to watch, but everything — actors included — is off in this production. "The Tourist" almost has the feel of an old-style caper, but it doesn't pull it off. The score, for one thing, was distracting, crappy contemporary cookie-cutter stuff. Likewise, the script is blehhh, the pacing off, and the story itself a bore, uninspired and predictable. But the strangest part for me was the chemistry, or lack thereof between Jolie and Depp. The scenes in which they kiss almost grossed me out, there was something so unnatural about it.
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