Monday, November 28, 2011
In almost stark contrast to my personal favorite: Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow dives into the drama side of things head first. I think the fact that its more heavy on drama and thematic material plays to its advantage. Its a slow burn movie thats highlighted with scenes of intensely graphic violence in classic John Woo style. But its not a full out action epic like Hard Boiled until like... the last 20 minutes. I only make note of this because I was expecting something with wall to wall action. Buts its definitely more of a crime drama thats about what family really is, and the bond between brothers and friends. On top of all of this emotionally heavy material, its also about choosing the right path, doing the right thing, despite your mistakes in the past. All of this emotion and tension and suspense builds up continually throughout the movie, with the resulting pressure relieved in violent spurts through intense and bloody action scenes.
Its refreshing to see so much story and character development in this movie. The characters in here are defined by what they do, not their violence unlike a typical Woo movie. In Hard Boiled the characters were defined by how and why they used violence. Which I have no problem with that approach, but in Tomorrow' its all about actions, and choices. The violence and such is simply a byproduct of such choices. Its an amazing movie, but its not a action movie per se. But the action IN the movie is spectacular as always. Totally recommended.
I'm thoroughly convinced Colin Farrell is a cinematic chameleon. He may not be as versatile as the greats, but he's certainly a damn good actor, and brings something silently refreshing to the role of "Jerry" the next door neighbor/vampire. Also worth seeing this for is young actor Anton Yelchin, showing up in 2009's Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. Turning in very good performances in both.
I found that this role of teenage horror movie protagonist fits him very very well. He's young, likeable, and isn't obnoxious in the role. A problem I find with many teen actors.
I haven't seen the original Fright Night so I cannot really compare, but on its own merits, I found this remake to be lots and lots of fun. Creative and scary, and at times has a nice streak of humor in it, (as all horror movies like this should have). I can't elaborate alot on the movie. It has lots of great moments and clever pieces of dialog, and a really really cool and satisfying climax. I enjoyed this movie thoroughly and its definitely worth recommending.
Fright Night is a pretty competent movie overall, having only spotty flaws here and there, and manages to be a surprisingly good time.