Ticket or Click It: In a Different Galaxy Far, Far Away…

by | March 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM | Movies, Ticket or Click It

Taylor Kitsch in 'John Carter' (Photo: Disney)

By Rebecca Kelley

What’s your best bet for entertainment this week? Should you watch something at home in your sweats with On Demand? Or get dolled up and go your local theater? Luckily for you, “Ticket or Click It” is here to break down the options. Click on the movie title for more information about ordering On Demand or buying theater tickets through Fandango. Just don’t wear your old sweats to the theater, that’s all we ask. Nobody wants that. Nobody.

 

What’s On Demand?

Footloose

A Northerner comes to a Southern town where loud music and dancing has been banned. But, you know, sometimes kids gotta dance.

Our take: When, in 1984, Kevin Bacon urged us to kick off our Sunday shoes, it was somewhat revolutionary. In 2011, the same message feels dated. Asking people to put on their Sunday shoes would be more challenging. Still, the music and dancing get your toes tapping. It’s a decent remake, but a remake with nothing new to offer.

Jack and Jill

Adam Sandler plays Jack, a nice, normal guy with a psychotic weird sister. Adam Sandler also plays the sister, who comes for Thanksgiving. Inexplicably, Al Pacino has an extended cameo. Must have lost a bet.

Our take: No. No. NONONONO. For the love of all that is holy, no. It’s a simply awful, unfunny and mean excuse for a movie. Worse, it’s boring. You’ve come a long way from “Punch Drunk Love,” Adam Sandler, and that’s not a compliment.

Immortals

Greek hero Theseus battles the evil and insanely violent King Hyperion on Earth while the Gods prepare to wage a parallel battle with the Titans in the Heaven. A second-sighted oracle knows all, which means both Theseus and Hyperion want her. In every way implied.

Our take: Those Greek legends sure were doozies, weren’t they? Complicated. The movie fails to explain much of the complex storyline, focusing instead on highly stylized imagery and costumes in which characters wear lampshades on their heads – presumably in a failed attempt to look otherworldly wise. Memo to the people of ancient Greece: In our time and culture, a lampshade on the head means “I’ve drank too much and I’m not afraid to show it.” A few of the graphic but well-choreographed battle scenes are cool. The rest of the movie is a beautifully imagined mess.

 

What’s In Theaters?

John Carter

In this adaptation of one of the earliest sci-fi stories, a 19th century American soldier (Taylor Kitsch) finds a portal to a world that turns out to be the dying planet Mars. A mean, nasty king with a powerful weapon and creepy allies aims to rule the planet and absorb its few remaining resources. John Carter teams with a beautiful Martian princess and a green, well-tusked tribe to stop his nefarious plans.

Our take: Costing a reported $250 million, this movie was supposed to be the next big thing – an “Avatar” or “Star Wars.” It’s not “Avatar” and it’s not “Star Wars.” It is, however, a very enjoyable movie that reminds you of “Avatar” and “Star Wars.” The characters are fun enough, the action is exciting enough and the love story is convincing enough to make it worth watching, but not worth creating costumes and organizing conventions for.

Friends with Kids

Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) are the only two singles left from their once-swinging group of friends. As everybody pairs off and begins to reproduce, Julie and Jason come up with a plan. They will have a child. Together. Platonically.

Our take: At times bitingly clever and at others tired (haven’t we seen enough poopy diaper scenes?), the film is an enjoyable look at people who try to have their baby shower cake and eat it too. With less raunch than “Bridesmaids” (several of the cast are alumni), but more than your average rom-com, this movie is for non-squeamish grown-ups, who will find it a fun ride.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A wealthy visionary Yemeni sheik wants to fly fish. At home. In Yemen. When the British government (played by a buoyantly biting Kristin Scott Thomas) sees a press bonanza, they recruit a skeptical scientist (Ewan McGregor) to work alongside the sheik’s representative (Emily Blunt) to make the impossible possible.

Our take: The film is utterly charming, mixing British humor with a sweet whimsy. A storyline involving a fallen soldier adds a lot of heart.That is, until the second act when the whimsy turns occasionally to an overly contrived story resolution. Ultimately, though, the thing that saves the movie is the effortless and delightful presence of Emily Blunt and the equally believable Ewan McGregor.

 

Ticket or Click It?

Ticket! Despite what some critics say, “John Carter” is enjoyable and a good time.

 

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.