Director: Courtney Solomon
Writers: Sean Finegan, Gregg Maxwell Parker
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
You’d think a movie that’s 90% fast driving with dozens of car crashes couldn’t help but be exciting. You’d be wrong. Such an over-edited, non-stop onslaught becomes pretty pedestrian because the action is uninspired. Pair that with this ridiculous plot: Ethan Hawke is forced to drive like a maniac and cause absurd destruction to save his kidnapped wife. Toss in Selena Gomez as his sassy, hi-tech ride-along to really strain credibility. Granted, the manic editing keeps it from being boring, but the lackluster direction keeps it from being thrilling. Less fast & furious and more fast & flaccid.
GAY ANGLE: Hawke’s handsome as always.
The World’s End
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Simon Pegg heads the group of 5 boyhood chums, who returns to their hometown 20 years later to complete a legendary 12-pub crawl. On their route, they discover that the town has changed in an ill-fated sci-fi way. This team of accomplished British actors creates an assured comic ensemble, led by Pegg’s manic character. There aren’t a lot of laff-out-loud moments, but there’s plenty of good-natured, energetic fun. Add some entirely convincing special effects and clever physical action and you’ve got an entertaining romp thru a possessed English village.
GAY ANGLE: Apparently, no gays in this village (thank you Daffyd Thomas).
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.