Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Our planet is becoming a giant dustbowl, so Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and 2 others set out to find an inhabitable planet in another galaxy. This promises some mind-stretching concepts, framed by confusing scientific discussions. You can also expect some cool visuals, although the camera often focuses more on faces than spectacular effects. As for the human aspect, it’s all about his emotional connection with his daughter back on Earth. The power of love has its part to play and McConaughey cries a lot! Hans Zimmer’s overpowering music sometimes gets in the way and some of the story clichés dilute the potential majesty of the voyage. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots to recommend in Christopher Nolan’s splendid film and the 169 minute length never bores, it was just less amazing than I expected.
GAY ANGLE: McConaughey in one of his earnest, non-sexy roles.
Big Hero Six
Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writers: Jordan Roberts (screenplay), Daniel Gerson (screenplay)
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
One of Disney’s great animation traditions is to show a short before the feature. “Feast” is a delightful look at a hungry puppy. Then comes the main event, an energetic and non-stop action adventure that follows a young man (Hiro) and his large, soft robot Baymax. They team up with a group of inventor nerds to form a super group that tackles a villain with a cool weapon. The pace is lively and the characters are interesting, but only one (voiced by T.J. Miller) provides any comedy. Most of that is left to Baymax’s sweet size and lovable attitude. The visuals are bright, beautiful and dazzling, as Disney does best. Fun for kids and adults. NOTE: Stay thru the credits for one of the best cameo gags ever!
GAY ANGLE: It IS animated, but Hiro’s brother is pretty foxy and fashionable just the same.
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.