Finally broke my TV show cycle and watched a few films yesterday.
Started with Wrath Of The Titans which was ok. The fight scenes and action sequences were impressive and Toby Kebbell was fantastic throughout. All in all the film felt like a bit of a letdown through. It all seemed too easy for our rag-tag band of heroes who pretty much walked into the underworld and then back out again. The final fight should have been an epic encounter but was short, sharp and over all too quickly. I remember Clash Of The Titans having much more suspense and being a much more enjoyable film.
Next up, From Dusk Till Dawn. Tarantino and Rodriguez are two of my favourite directors so I was sure I'd enjoy this. As expected, an hour in and the dialogue has kept me suitably entertained with what looks to be turning into an enjoyable crime film. Sixty minutes in though and the zombies start to emerge. Cue some decent comedy, enjoyable fight scenes and more top quality script. Definitely a real change in pace and content from the first hour of the film, but a nice change-up that kept things fresh. Clooney puts in a great performance and Tarantino had me convinced he was a psychotic rapists through and through. All the actors in fact (Danny Trejo, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis), put in really great performances.
Finally I checked out The Cabin In The Woods. Definitely a twist on the usual slasher film formulae, but not exactly what I was expecting. The movie has received almost universal acclaim and while it was a good film, I'm not sure I'd class it as one of the best films of the year (as plenty of critics did). Maybe I had my hopes built up too high before seeing it, but I thought the "big twist" was pretty pathetic and the ending, extremely dull. I spent most of the film trying to figure out exactly what the purpose of the men in suits controlling things was and not to sound big headed, but half of my ideas were much better than the actual scenario. Also, it was nice to see Fran Kranz with a leading role in a Hollywood film - the guys a really great actor.
From Dusk Till Dawn was my favourite film from my trilogy of viewing yesterday, Wrath Of The Titans is probably one to avoid, while The Cabin In The Woods is still worth watching, even if it doesn't quite live up to all of the hype.