This Week’s DVD Releases: What are they Worth?

This week’s offerings are pretty abysmal.  It’s probably a good week to catch up on some oldies. 

Not Worth Your Time:

Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze, 2009)

With Max Records, Catherine Keener and James Gandolfini (voice).

This movie was the most disappointing movie of 2009 for me, mainly because I love Jonze’s other films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.) so much.  Where the Wild Things Are makes me wonder if he is really a great director, or if he has been just skating by on the strength of Charlie Kaufman’s writing.    I still don’t understand Jonze’s use of the shaky handheld camera here either.  It works in action movies, like the Bourne series.  It doesn’t work here.  This isn’t necessarily a bad movie, it’s just a rather boring and unfulfilling one.

Rating: 5/10

RIYL: Um…The Wizard of Oz?  The Neverending Story?  Fuck it.  I give up.

2012 (Roland Emmerich, 2009)

With John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson.

2012 is like the Crash of disaster movies, and that is really its biggest problem.  It wastes too much time on side plots involving conspiracy theorists, Indian philosophers and art collectors when all we really care about is seeing John Cusack outrun an apocalyptic earthquake/typhoon in a limo, camper, Bentley, plane, or whatever other vehicle he can get his hands on.  They spend countless minutes trying to explain the science behind the disaster and I still don’t really understand it.  Something about the Earth’s crust shifting and Wisconsin becoming the South Pole?  That’s all I got.  Cusack is solid, as always, but he plays the father of the two most annoying children in movie history.

I typically enjoy Emmerich’s particular brand of garbage and 2012 definitely has its moments.  Orson Welles once said “a movie studio is the best toy a boy ever had.”  Emmerich might be the most self-indulgent filmmaker in the world, and I find that strangely admirable.  I think Orson Welles would agree, but 2012 is just too nonsensical, corny and absurd to bother investing 158 minutes in.

Rating: 5/10

RIYL: Titanic, Armageddon, The Day After Tomorrow.

One Response to “This Week’s DVD Releases: What are they Worth?”
  1. Speaking of self indulgence, wait until you see “All That Jazz”.

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