Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011
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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 47 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:15-GE:47 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K DECEPTIVELY ENJOYABLE Trunk call to romance WATER FOR ELEPHANTS 120 minutes (M) Director: Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) Starring: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Scheider and Hal Holbrook Reviewer: Leigh Paatsch My verdict: Some junk, a trunk and Waltzs away HHH Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the new Francis Lawrence film Water For Elephants If good looks could kill, Robert Pattinsonwould be facing charges ofmassmurder IF GOOD looks could kill, Robert Pattinson would be facing charges of mass murder simply for stepping before the cameras. The lady-slaying heart-throb of Twilight fame is not required to act in the conventional sense of the word. Needless to say, Water For Elephants is stacked with moody money shots of the Pattinson dial What of the film itself? Well, its a deceptively enjoyable, very old-fashioned romantic drama based on the Sara Gruen best-seller about love, longing and large animals in the 1930s. Pattinson plays Jacob Jan kowski, an earnest and sensitive young vet student who runs away to join the circus. Though Jake starts off shovelling poop and sweeping cages, it isnt long before he is rising through the ranks of the struggling Benzini Brothers troupe. Our heros ascent coincides with the arrival of a new star attraction, a stubborn bull elelphant named Rosie. At 53 years of age, Rosie needs a lot of loving persuasion to be coaxed into the spotlight. However, circus owner August (Christoph Waltz) is an impatient man with tickets to sell and bills to pay. As long as Jacob can get Rosie to play nice, then both man and beast get to keep their job. It would be a workable enough arrangement, if only Jacob did not also want to play nice with Rosies partner in the act, the glamourous Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). Who also is the wife of the boss. You would be quite within your rights to declare this whole set-up to be a sack of old corn, if not for two undeniable saving graces. The first is director Francis Lawrences superb grasp of time and place. Lawrence does not spare us from the hardscrabble nature of the business in The Depression. The second is the immense anchoring presence of the Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. We already know from his Oscarwinning turn as the Jewhunting Nazi officer in Inglourious Basterds that Waltz has the love-to-loathe thing down to a fine art. However, he outdoes himself here in a role that arguably called for a lot less than what is eventually supplied. waterforelephants.com Coming soon Todd Phillips (Old School) bring you his comedy sequel The Hangover II, which hits the big screen in the Top End this week Danny McBride and Natalie Portman star in Your Highness Stoner gags all out of puff ROYAL BUMBLE YOUR HIGHNESS 102 minutes (MA15+) Director: David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) Starring: Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel Reviewer: Leigh Paatsch My verdict: Tokin it for granted HH IT WAS inconceivable to me that Your Highness could turn out to be a dud. Largely because the star and co-writer, Danny McBride, is responsible for one of the sharpest, funniest and belligerently abrasive half-hour comedies in TV history, the majestic Eastbound & Down. Most of the Eastbound creative team have joined McBride on his quest to become a Hollywood antileading man in the Seth Rogen mould. (Even if you dont know his name, youll know McBrides face if youve seen Tropic Thunder, Due Date or Up in the Air). Heavy hitters Natalie Portman and James Franco weigh in with on-screen support. Nevertheless, in spite of having such a strong hand to play, there is a sameness and a lameness to Your Highness that weakens viewer interest from the start. Against all odds, the movie is, in deed, a dud. The sameness can be attributed to Pineapple Express, the 2008 stoner comedy in which McBride played a distant fourth banana to Franco. The director of that picture, David Gordon Green, is also calling the shots on Your Highness, which is little more than a stoner comedy retro-booted back to medieval times. You could almost forgive the conceptual laziness if there were some killer laughs to be had, but the gags are invariably more miss than hit. McBride plays a cowardly, overweight prince. Franco is his brave, thin brother. Together they must rescue a fair maiden (Zooey Deschanel) before a rogue wizard has his unfair way with her. Portman, still rocking a hard bod after her ballet training for Black Swan, shows up late in the game as warrior-princess eye candy. yourhighnessmovie.net WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (M) NO FREE TICKETS SUN 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10PM FAST AND FURIOUS 5 (M) SUN 12:50, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15PM THOR (M) SUN 10:50, 3:50, 9:20PM MAD BASTARDS (MA15) SUN 10:45, 1:20, 3:40, 9:20PM RABBIT HOLE (M) SUN 10:40, 3:00, 7:10, 9:00PM SOMETHING BORROWED (M) SUN 10:30, 1:15, 6:45PM SOURCE CODE (M) SUN 1:00, 5:00, 7:00PM CITY * HOODWINKED TOO: HOOD VS EVIL 3D and THOR 3D are special event screenings. Screensavers and Gift Vouchers can be used with payment of applicable surcharges. Complimentary and other discounts cannot be redeemed. This applies for 3D screenings in traditional, Vmax and Gold Class auditoriums. Session Times Copyright 2011 - Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (M) NO FREE TICKETS SUN 10:20, 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50PM YOUR HIGHNESS (MA15) SUN 12:20, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10PM BURKE AND HARE (M) SUN 12:30, 2:40, 9:20PM FAST AND FURIOUS 5 (M) SUN 10:00, 3:20, 6:20, 9:00PM PAUL (MA15) SUN 12:40PM HOODWINKED TOO: HOOD VS EVIL (G) SUN 10:15, 2:20PM INSIDIOUS (TBC) SUN 10:10, 2:30, 9:30PM SOMETHING BORROWED (M) SUN 12:10, 4:40, 7:00PM SOURCE CODE (M) SUN 10:15, 5:00, 7:10, 9:15PM RIO (G) SUN 10:00AM HOP (G) SUN 4:20PM CASUARINA $9 per ticket. $12 per ticket for 3D. Only valid for films carrying the F for Families logo. Films and offer may vary by location. Valid for sessions starting prior to 5pm. Minimum 1 adult and 1 child ticket per session. $1 surcharge for 3D glasses if needed. $1.10 booking fee per transaction online. 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