Continuing my reviews of every movie I see in 2009:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 8/10 – I wrote about it elsewhere, but I think this is the best of the Harry Potter movies. It moves at a different rhythm than the other movies, and the cast has really come into its own.
The Hurt Locker – 9/10 – A terrific war movie, brilliantly directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The cast is also excellent. They’re mostly unknowns, with a couple big names in small roles. American critics are falling all over themselves to praise this film, and that’s mostly deserved. I think critics have been a little desperate for a really good movie about the Iraq War. This film has a lot in common with the excellent mini-series Generation Kill.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – 4.5/10 – Not as dreadful as the Transformers movies, but pretty poor. It’s overly long, and suffers from the comic booky hollowness common to a lot of superhero movies. The accents, also, were often astonishingly bad. Despite watching the TV show and owning a few toys when I was a kid, I felt zero nostalgia while watching this movie.
A Perfect Getaway – 4/10 – A predictable, run-of-the-mill thriller in Magnum P.I.’s old stomping grounds. Even Milla Jovovich’s presence couldn’t elevate to average.