The Sum of All Fears
has a surprisingly compelling climax even if Ben Affleck is about as boring an actor as I have ever seen. In fact, most everyone is boring from the cookie cutter villains (what a gutless move to make them Nazis) to Morgan Freeman's aping of JEJ. Only Clancy's concept saves the film. Once again, trailers and advertisements give away far too much. B-
If the writers had spent more time coming up with more material this could have been one of the funnier comedies in sometime. Instead they use a few admittedly funny jokes over and over. The film is saved somewhat by the great comic acting of Dave Chapelle and to a lesser extent (but more surprising) Neil Patrick Harris. Doogie livened up his scenes and Dave Chapelle makes me laugh without saying anything. Eddie Griffen is rather boring except for his one great scene as a "white-ified" black man. Chris Kattan is given absolutely nothing, probably because he doesn't know how to do anything but play his same ambigiuously gay buffoon. Overall, I laughed several times and it was worth seeing. B-
is a wonderfully directed film which made the mistake of casting the unwatchable modern day Al Pacino. Every mannerism and action is so acted
. I just can't stand him anymore. What has gotten into him? I guess when you give a guy an Oscar for "HOOOWAAAAH!" you inspire a certain conditioning. It is Pavlovian at this point. The script could also have used a bit of polishing as the dialogue sometimes SPELLS EVERYTHING OUT IN BIG BLOCK LETTERS. The biggest surprise is in Robin Williams' good performance. He can be really good when he reins himself in a bit and he showed it here. Nolan does his part and makes it three B-'s in a row for this post.
Off to watch two giant men beat each other into submission. Or maybe just ears will be lost in the first round.