Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, 4 more credits »
Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis |
This sequel picks up a few years after the simian virus has devastated most of the human population. A group of genetically evolved apes leads a peaceful existence until a band of human survivors appears. This film spends more time in the ape world than it does with humans, which, considering the technology, makes it a mostly-animated film. Although there are a few moments of action, it’s primarily a political drama. All that being said, they’ve managed to craft a compelling story and create a pretty convincing world. The storytelling can get a bit heavy handed and predictable, but it’s still an effective adventure.
GAY ANGLE: This takes place in San Francisco with no gay characters. Truly is science fiction.
Director: John Carney
Writer: John Carney
Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
Mark Ruffalo plays a washed-up record exec who hears singer/songwriter Keira Knightley and decides to make a recording with her…outdoors all over New York City. Considering the subject and the writer/director (John Carney, who did the same for “Once”) you can expect lots of music. The soundtrack is filled with pleasant poppy songs, none of which are memorable. Ruffalo is interesting as always and Knightley may be the most charming she’s ever been. Adam Levine co-stars as her ex and does fine as an actor (of course, he sings). The situations are predictable and the dialogue isn’t especially sharp, but the appealing actors and plentiful music make it likeable.
GAY ANGLE: Levine has unfortunate facial hair thru most of the film and no shirtless scenes.
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.