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Posted by: Tim at 11:34 PM EST on 7/22/2002
File Under: Movies & TV

I've seen several movies of late, but don't really feel like writing in-depth reviews of any of them. They were all worth seeing, but I didn't feel particularly strongly about any of them. So, here are some quick impressions of each:

The Royal Tenenbaums - I expected more comedy and razor sharp wit from this follow-up to the hilarious Rushmore. Instead, I got a far more introspective look at a totally dysfunctional family. Plenty of humor and wit were still sprinkled in appropriately, but the drama outweighed the comedy. It definitely had a similar feel, so I would recommend it for anyone who enjoyed Rushmore.

Hart's War - My dad rented this one, and I figured I'd watch it along with him since I had nothing better to do. It was okay at best. It's a World War II drama surrounding American POWs in Germany. A racist white American soldier is killed, and a black officer is charged with his murder. Hart represents the officer in trial, which all takes place in the POW camp under the watchful eyes of their German captors. I didn't find it particularly engaging, and Bruce Willis is laughably stereotypical as the brutish colonel. I'd recommend Enemy at the Gates instead, if you're looking for an atypical WWII drama.

Moulin Rouge - I made a deal with a friend where, if she would watch The Man Who Wasn't There, then I would watch Moulin Rouge. I'm not too sure what to make of it. Visually, it was stunning - simply incredible to look at. The plot was cliche, and not being a fan of musicals, I found most of the numbers to be hit or miss. Admittedly, some were a lot of fun to see and hear, but I actually broke down laughing at how stupid a few others were. I'm neutral on this one.

The Road to Perdition - The best of the bunch. It wasn't what I expected at all, and that's a good thing. The previews made it out to be a sort of feel-good road-trip coming-of-age kind of thing. Sure, that was a part of it, but it was way darker than I ever expected. Tom Hanks plays the part of a prohibition-era gangster hitman who sparks jealousy within the ranks of the family and becomes a target himself. He then hits the road with his son and begins robbing Al Capone's bank accounts in Chicago while trying to evade an assassin. The mood is dark and gritty, which is a style I always find appealing. Recommended.
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