Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Marshall Brickman (screenplay), Rick Elice (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Stars: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda
Usually, I don’t compare a book or play to the movie adaptation, but in this case it’s necessary. If you’re expecting the hit brought to the big screen, you’re in for a huge letdown. This dreary tale focuses on the unpleasant reality from the show without any of the life and fun that the music added. It chronicles the personal life behind The Four Seasons, but makes everyone unattractive and unlikable. They pose and argue like mini Sopranos without ever enjoying their success. Director Clint Eastwood has chosen equally harsh light and an ugly pallatte that makes the drama even more dreadful. To heap on the insult, their hits are often relegated to background music and that closing music video is just embarrassing.
GAY ANGLE: This group isn’t that attractive, but the least lilkable has a towel scene.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Director: Dean DeBlois
Writers: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell (“How to Train Your Dragon” book series)
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
This sequel takes place 5 years later, when brave Hiccup and his dragon have united their species in harmony. Then comes a villain who wants to enslave them all. The plot and dialogue are pretty mundane, the characters lack any spark or originality, but the animation is lovely. There’s too much dialogue for young audiences, but enough action sprinkled throughout to entertain. Overall, an uninspired and unspecial followup. (I don’t understand why several of the Vikings in this village have Scottish accents.)
GAY ANGLE: One of the characters makes a statement about not being married, which some have said is a vague reference to being gay.
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.