You may not have heard, but some movie based on a big book came out today. I can't remember what it's called, but there's an artist in the title -- The Rembrandt Follies, or something. Anyway, it's supposed to be the worst move ever, but actually most critics just found it boring, not hate-able. And, when they wanted to have fun, film writers this week went to see Over the Hedge, which they found to be a clever, vaguely environmentally conscious film, buoyed by great casting. Of the voices, obviously. For details, read on.
- Over the Hedge: It's amazing how many reviews specifically mentioned the good voice casting -- who knew film critics were sitting around, just wishing that someone would cast Nick Nolte as the voice of a lion? Whether they dream of a leonine Nolte or not, most of the critics were fans of this one. While the majority went out of their ways to caution that the movie was no Finding Nemo or Wallace & Gromit, they got a kick out of it, and enjoyed the film's slightly edgy humor.
- The Da Vinci Code: Contrary to what you might expect, the world is not full of reviews that scream "I HATED IT!" or "ZERO DAMN STARS FOR YOU, OPIE!" Instead, there are just a whole lot of people who, like Kim, were troubled by the film's endless exposition (borne, in part, of its extreme fidelity to Dan Brown's novel), something that most agreed caused it to drag even more than the 150-minute running time would suggest. As a result, critics were bored, and seem to find the film average at best. If you want to read a rave, though, there is at least one: Look for quotes from Lou Lumenick of the New York Post to show up on Da Vinci Code posters in a few days.