Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
This 4th installment has a new cast (headed by Mark Wahlberg), but everything else is pretty much the same: the good guys being chased by giant mechanical robots in massive, destructive battles. The first 90 minutes are actually well paced and enjoyable (T.J. Miller adds the comic comments), but then you realize there’s another whole movie yet to come. Yes, this is 2:45, which is way too long for the same noisy chases and fights that we’ve already seen. The effects are convincing, but not particularly original. Michael Bay’s hectic pacing and flared cinematography give it that big screen polish, but somebody should have cut it in half.
GAY ANGLE: Wahlberg flashes his guns, but doesn’t anybody still care?
Director: Ben Falcone
Writers: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
Melissa McCarthy doesn’t stray from the formula that’s worked for her in this film, which she co-write with her husband (he also directed). She plays a boisterous, obnoxious loser who rants at everybody and everything. This can be funny in controlled doses, but McCarthy doesn’t understand that. It’s non-stop, no holds barred, bull in a china shop broad strokes in every scene. As for plot, she sets out on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon), but the momentum starts to drag with they insert too many heartfelt moments in an attempt to conjure empathy for her insufferable character. If you’re a fan of her style, you’ll have your fill… at least for the first hour.
GAY ANGLE: They spend July 4th at a big lesbian party hosted by Kathy Bates and Sandra Oh.
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.