Death Race 33, Sarah 23; 2 of 24 categories completed
I wish I'd seen it in the theater; The Wolfman isn't quite campy enough to work, but in a few scenes, it's close, and a Friday-night Brooklyn crowd would have gone a long way towards getting an overly self-serious gorefest out of its own way. And it is gore-ree: heads torn off, claws going through soft palates, the disarticulated arm of a posse member hurled out of a trap and firing the handgun its hand is still clinging to. The CGI isn't terribly good — the wolf creature appears weightless in most of its long shots, like a Colorform — but the makeup, for which the movie's nominated, is effective, and whoever had charge of all the bloody stumps really did a great job, because: gross.
But, while the not-goodness took a slightly different form from that I'd expected, it's still not good. Why did we need two Oscar-winners for what's essentially a creature feature? The one whose character is written with any surprises (Anthony Hopkins) is phoning it in; the other (Benicio Del Toro) appears to think he's in a different movie, and the resulting effect is that of Keanu in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt bring nuance to the proceedings (and there's a little Easter egg for true-crime nuts in Weaving's character), but again, you have to wonder why they bothered in a film whose climactic brawl is reminiscent of the Veruca era of Buffy. And not, needless to say, in a good way.
With just under three weeks to go, I've seen 23 of the 56 nominated films and completed just two categories: Adapted Screenplay, and Sound Editing. (…?) Elsewhere in Far Thill, Gen is at 17 (but, with a week off between jobs, looking to put on a burst of productivity) and Mr. Stupidhead is at 16. The Let's Get This Over With Family Movie Revue will probably run a split squad tonight with Stupidhaus watching The Town and Sarah watching Iron Man 2.
How you doin'?
Tags: Anthony Hopkins Benicio Del Toro Emily Blunt Gen Hugo Weaving Keanu Reeves movies Mr. Stupidhead Oscars 2011 Death Race The Wolfman