We watched this flick on Saturday. Smokin’ Aces has just an incredible cast of actors. Check out this line up: Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven…Ryan Reynolds…even Wayne Newton and Alicia Keys make an appearance in this film. I was expecting great things from this movie going in, just based on the cast alone. I came away from it a little disappointed. It’s not that it is a bad flim, because it is…. ok – – just not *as* good as I had expected from that type of line up. Maybe it was the overall plot – which did seem to lose it’s way a few times throughout the film. Maybe it was the feeling that the director (Joe Carnahan) seems to have *just* graduated from the Quentin Tarantino school of movie making..or maybe this film was his senior class project? Overall the plot was loose, the dialogue was lacking and I should have done the laundry instead.
The other movie we watched over the weekend was The Departed. Again – another stellar cast: Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen… this movie, by director Martin Scorsese, was a winner. I am not a big fan of DiCaprio, so I was disappointed to see him in the film – – however, about halfway through the flick, I was a believer in his character and was pleasantly surprised at his performance, making me take a renewed look at him. Guess I could never envision him away from the deck of a huge ship in the middle of a CGI nightmare. Heh. This movie is a bit on the violent side, sometimes shockingly so. But the plot is terrific and I thought the character development was fabulous – – you end up liking and worrying about each of them – – even the bad guys (maybe even especially the bad guys). it’s a gooder! “I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.”
How about you? Seen any good flicks lately? Please share!