Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writers: Jeff Wadlow (screenplay), Mark Millar (comic book), 1 more credit »
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
I looked up my review of the original and was more disappointed that I remembered. This sequel amplifies the serious side to the detriment of surprise and warped comedy. The titular character (nerdy cute and super cut Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is back as a human “superhero,” who’s in a moral dilemma with his purple-haired partner (Chloë Grace Moretz). Should they give up their vigilante crime fighting or amp it up? The drama takes even more prominence to the detriment of the action. There’s almost none of the original’s fun and the fights are flashy, but cruelly violent. This film isn’t sure what it wants to be, so it’s a leaden dud. NOTE: Stay thru the credits for one more bad gag.
GAY ANGLE: There is an out-and-proud gay “superhero,” but it’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s sexy body that’s the best angle here.
Director: Sebastián Silva
Writer: Sebastián Silva
Stars: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva
Michael Cera’s movie characters are typically awkward nebbish types, so he must have been thrilled to play this obnoxious, pushy boor. He teams up with 3 brothers in Chile for a road trip (literally) to ingest mescaline. Along they way they encounter a free spirit named Crystal Fairy (Gabby Hoffmann) and her name sums up her hippie/new age personality. The conflict between these 2 lead characters is pretty much all there is for plot. It’s shot in a sloppy, handheld style with aimless direction. Basically, it’s a showcase for Cera to act an asshole. (Criterion Cinema only)
GAY ANGLE: Cera bares his bland body several times, but the 3 brothers are mucho sexier.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.