Movie Review: Put this film down as another film that is easy to sit through but easy to forget. It entertains. That about sums up “R.I.P.D.,” an easy rip-off of the “Men in Black” movies that starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
Roy (Bridges) and Nick (Reynolds) are the Rest in Peace Department. They are dead cops recruited to find and bring to justice dead souls that are still walking among living. Roy and Nick are charged with finding and appending those dead souls who have gone awry.
This tale is farfetched to the point it is very difficult to take seriously as an adventure. The story is lackluster and appears to be the work of many writers that met to join their words. Dumb scenes that lack evenness quickly neutralize smart ones.
The characters behave as if they are different films. Bridges appears to be channeling Rooster Cogburn from 2010’s “True Grit” (Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen). This may make audiences feel they should be in a different movie.
Grade: C (This screenplay feels as if it is in pieces.)
“Turbo” (Animation/Adventure: 1 hour, 36 minutes)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson
Director: David Soren
Rated: PG (Violence and thematic elements)
Movie Review: A small garden snail has dreams of one day racing in the Indy 500. However, he is a snail and realizes his dream is a fleeting one. One day a freak accident gives the snail super speeding abilities. The snail renames himself Turbo and finds himself racing against professional human drivers in the Indy 500.
This adventure is a far stretch, but it remains a family-friendly piece with plenty of amusing moments that make it just sweet enough to engage viewers of all ages. It takes its time getting to its highlight, a snail in the Indy 500, but the slowness gives it time to develop each cast member.
The characters work because the film allows for time to get to know each player. Even more, the voices fit. Sometimes, the voices overshadow the characters in animated productions. The voices are distinctive here, but they nicely match their animated persona without upstaging them.
“Turbo” is a story about an underdog. It is about achieving dreams despite obstacles. It accomplishes that while providing plenty for small fries and their parents.
Grade: B- (It is a slow start to a great finish.)
“The Conjuring” (Horror: 1 hour, 52 minutes)
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston
Director: James Wan
Rated: R (Violence, intense moments, strong language, gore, intense moments)