Movie Reviews: The Divergent Series: Insurgent, It Follows, & Home
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writers: Brian Duffield (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James
Like so many YA series, the 2nd episode spends more time advancing plot than adding much action. Shailene Woodley and Theo James are back leading the revolution in their oppressive post-apocalyptic world. There’s lots of drama and discussion sprinkled with a bit of uninspired action, until the “sims” begin. At least they offer some splashy visuals. Other than that, there’s little new or cool about this sci fi world. Those dedicated to the books will want to continue for continuity. Otherwise, it’s not worth much.
GAY ANGLE: The best thing about the film: three of the hottest cuties in the YA crowd (Theo James, Ansel Elgort & Miles Teller).
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Writer: David Robert Mitchell
Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
A group of teens deals with a specter that haunts its victims and slowly follows them to potential death. Anyone who knows john carpenter’s early work will appreciate the parallels: glacial wide-angle gliding camera, ominous synthesized score and suburban dread. Speaking of old school, i like my horror films to have some juicy scares or genuinely frightening villains. This film offers neither. It’s depends more on creepy than scary. There are a few lame frights and lots of low-key…make that no-key suspense. I found it too talky and disappointingly dull.
GAY ANGLE: Keir Gilchrist, who played a gay teen on “United States of Tara,” goes all hetero this time.
Director: Tim Johnson
Writers: Tom J. Astle (screenplay), Matt Ember (screenplay)
Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
A race of squishy semi-adorable aliens overcomes Earth and relocates the humans. One endearing misfit (Jim Parsons) causes a calamity and teams up with a lost girl (Rihanna) to find her mom. This colorful animation starts with a fast-paced first hour: lots of eye candy and quick comedy. Once the inevitable emotion kicks in, the pace slows and the action is accompanied by tender songs. Still, there’s enuff creativity in the characters and originality in the visuals to delight the eye and charm the imagination.
GAY ANGLE: Out actor Parsons brings his nerdy gay sensibility to the role.
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.
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