A teenage girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a cello playing classical music nerd, who falls in love with a rocker (Jamie Blackley). He turns out to be a devoted fantasy boyfriend. Their sweet relationship and her perfect family are cross-cut with her struggle for life after a traumatic accident. This was a YA bestseller and I was the only audience member who wasn’t a teenage girl. It’s ideally suited for that group. Although the emotional moments are never that moving, it’s affecting cast and the effective storytelling make it a satisfying romance with an existential twist. Interesting note: This was shot in Richmond, Canada (who knew?).
GAY ANGLE: Blackley trades the traditional hot hunky dreamboat for a sweet devoted style.
The November Man
Director: Roger Donaldson
Writers: Michael Finch (screenplay), Karl Gajdusek (screenplay)
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko
Pierce Brosnan’s character is a cross between 007 (sans the suave) and Jason Bourne (twice the age). He’s an ex-CIA agent out to protect a woman (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose an international conspiracy, while matching wits and blows with his protégé (Luke Bracey). Nothing new here: chases and pursuits, an uncountable body count, some hi-tech paranoia and inevitable plot twists. That being said, it’s adequately put together, usually well-paced (although a tad too long) and moderately entertaining. A passable September placeholder till the good releases return in October.
GAY ANGLE: The young spy (Luke Bracey) keeps being shirtless, but we never get a good look.