Heralded by an amazing advertising campaign, featuring an impressive cast, and boasting an impeccable pedigree, “Prometheus” was a film burdened with expectations that few films face. Ridley Scott was returning to the “Alien” universe, and he had a full house of incredible actors and actresses going with him. The film’s astounding trailers were accompanied by a series of highly effective viral videos that whet our appetites for sci-fi awesomeness.
It’s perhaps unfair then, that I saddle it with the expectations I had going in. Those are mine.
And so I won’t.
I’ll say instead that “Prometheus” disappointed me not because I was let down in comparison to the thoughts I had going in, but because it is so tantalizingly close to greatness as the movie that it is. Maddeningly close.
Following up on their hit movie from 2009, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and director Guy Ritchie reteam to bring us “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”. This time around, they’re joined by Noomi Rapace (of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” fame) as a fortune-teller who gets entangled in the goings on, and Jared Harris (of “Mad Men”) as the infamous Holmes villain, Professor Moriarty.
Fans of the first one will certainly enjoy this, while those who weren’t as thrilled with the first offering probably will find their gripes represented here as well. Which is not exactly to say this movie is more of the same – Harris as Moriarty is an excellent addition to the franchise.
Yet regardless of how the new elements factor in, the crux of the issue – to me – remains the same. Your enjoyment of these films will be directly correlated to your tolerance of the directorial stylings of director Guy Ritchie.
This year, the start of the Holiday Movie season is November 18th. That’s NEXT weekend already folks!! That’s when Hollywood releases “Happy Feet Two” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, two movies with valid expectations of large takes at the gate. The start of the second blockbuster season of the year!
Here are the movies coming up this Holiday Season that I’m most excited for. Check out Wednesday, December 21st! “The Adventures of Tintin”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, and “Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol”! That’s going to be a busy day!