Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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"Universe", "Feast"

Sunday's movies:

"Across the Universe" is a musical that, like "Moulin Rouge", lifts ALL of its music from contemporary songs. In this case, though, the plot (such as it is) is set in the late 60s, and ALL of the music is by the Beatles. An effort is made to achieve some level of profundity, but in the end, the plot really only exists to string the songs together. Still, the actors are engaging, the music is (mostly) good, and it is generally silly fun. Bono sings "I am the Walrus" as a character called "Doctor Robert" while made up to look frighteningly like my good friend the Reverend Bob. Weird.

"Feast of Love" was marketed as a light romantic ensemble piece; it is in fact a plodding, dreary slice of life. The cast is good, the dialogue is usually good, but the pace is soporific and the plot is by turns depressing and saccharine. On the plus side, this movie should bring Alexa Davalos to the attention of the critics, both as an actress and a beauty.

Uncle Hyena
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