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2 Days in the Valley/B+,B+
The home movie used over the credits to Happy
Gilmore is enough to make this delightful Adam Sandler outing worth the purchase. The
premise is very funny. Would be professional hockey player Gilmore, who can barely skate,
discovers that his canon-like puck stroke produces mesmerizing golf drives. Before you can
say Bob Barker, Happy's winning a pro golf qualifier and is the newest and most original
personality to ever sully the august putting greens of golf's Masters tournament.
The full frame transfer is sharp, bright and beautiful and does not seem to be compromised compositionally. Colors literally jump off the screen like Gilmore's drives jump on his golf clubs. The Dolby Digital 5:1 surround is active and the sound of Happy's golf balls flying off the tee adds a dimension of delight.
a beat to 2 Days in the Valley. It never stops. It's like a good pop song. It
catches you, gets you tapping out the rhythm on the floor of the car while creeping along
in expressway traffic. Writer-Director John Herzfeld uses his players and script elements
like members of an orchestra. The fine cast works very well together in this highly
entertaining ensemble film. Here's a dark comedy that keeps a good balance between taste
and excess blood.
Add a touch of Charlize Theron
as Woods' accomplice, a generous helping of Glenn Headley as Hopper's assistant, send them
all on a collision course, and 2 Days in the Valley comes to delightful life.
Just as the Devil seduces our dark side, director Taylor Hackford uses his filmmaking skills to make audiences want to like The Devil's Advocate. This is a very slick production with polished photography, tasteful production design and big star power. The fact that it ultimately falls from its elevated appearance can be laid at two doors. Hackford clearly lets the tone wander from social commentary to horror film to satire. Whether in the script or the editing, an audience is left with an emptiness in that place you are supposed to feel something. The other major problem is that Al Pacino is so far over the top as the Devil, making this a performance show instead of building a character. Me, I think this film would have worked much better with a silkier, less obvious performing Devil. Now, I admit Pacino is often entertaining in his broad mannerisms and one can sense the obvious relish he takes in making devilish pronouncements, but it takes me out of the story.
Starring alongside Pacino is Keanu Reeves. He plays the hot shot
Southern lawyer recruited by a big city firm for his uncanny ability to pick
winning juries. Reeves holds his own against the theatrics of Pacino, acquitting himself
nicely in the role. Beautiful Charleze Theron plays Reeves' savvy wife who finds herself
out of her league in New York. Her performance is heart rending, though the script is not
always cooperative for her.
Hoping to capture the brio of Eddie Murphy's
successful Beverly Hills Cop series, Metro once again has the
star playing a smart-alec cop. This time there are few laughs, the flick is much nastier,
and little original material surfaces.
Metro is a very sharp DVD trans- fer. The wide- screen 2.35 aspect ratio film features bright colors and excellent overall luminosity. Night scenes feature deep, pure blacks and defined shadow detail. There is too much electronic enhancement resulting in exacerbated edge jumpiness. The 5:1 surround mix is outstanding.
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