Monday, September 6, 2010

Salt and The Other Guys

Salt is the Angelina Jolie spy thriller. It succeeds in having lots of action, and is well-acted. The unfortunate part is that Salt has a ridiculously overcomplicated plot that is, somehow, still predictable. After adding back in half a star for the most innovative use of a Taser in a movie, it nets 3/5 stars. Don't expect a lot except gunfire and big lips, and you should be happy.

The Other Guys pits Will Ferrell against and with Mark Wahlberg. Will Ferrell seems to only know how to play humor one way, over the top (with perhaps the single exception of the touching Stranger Than Fiction). This works in some movies (Old School , Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights) but falls down in others (Semi-Pro, Stepbrothers). Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson make brief but even more outrageous appearances (but at least you're not in a Disney flick this time, right, Dwayne?).  If you can handle your humor silly and applied heavily, you'll enjoy this movie. 3.5/5 stars.

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