Davis: Fast, fantastical, predictable, entertaining

Dumb fun. That was my reaction after watching Fast Five.

Paul Walker (left) and Vin Diesel return to the Fast and the Furious franchise in Fast Five.

Paul Walker (left) and Vin Diesel return to the Fast and the Furious franchise in Fast Five.

Dumb fun. That was my reaction after watching Fast Five.

Normally I do not get a chance to see a movie before I write about it in this column, but I would have said the same thing about the fifth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise even without seeing it.

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster return as car-racing criminals with a conscience as well as a number of familiar faces from the previous movies including Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast, 2 Furious), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (2 Fast, 2 Furious), Matt Schulze (The Fast & the Furious), Sung Kang (The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift) and Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious 4).

The significant new addition is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a special agent sent to capture the fugitive street racers.

The script is often over-the-top with corny lines and action movie clichés, but the filmmakers again out-do themselves with car stunts and Johnson so obviously overacts that he must have chosen to play the character because of how much fun he could have with it.

As for the plot—all you need to know is that it is a heist movie set in Rio de Janeiro.

Looking for a great story in a movie like Fast Five is like expecting explosions in a movie like The King’s Speech.

Rated 14A with a warning of violence.

When the first Hoodwinked movie came out, it became one of my favourite animated movies.  It definitely did not have the best animation, but the non-linear film-noir-comedy-musical take on the Little Red Riding Hood story was unlike anything I had seen before.

Best described as “what if Quentin Tarantino made an animated movie for kids,” one scene that sticks in my mind was after a flurry of activity, a squirrel fell from the sky and when it landed it opened its mouth and a flash of light came from it. I remember thinking: I have no idea what just happened, but it was awesome!

Of course, because the story was told in a non-linear fashion, from several different points of view, I found out the back-story to that scene. What I dearly hope is that with Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil, they can recapture the off-beat comedy and storytelling that the filmmakers successfully did in the original. This time, they take on another of Grimm’s Fairy Tales as Red and the Wolf are called upon to examine the mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.

Rated General with a warning of violence.

Considering I am about 25 years older than the audience Prom is geared to, it is tough for me to write about. However, I think the title almost says it all but for those who want a synopsis, it is from the Walt Disney Company and is the story of a group of teenagers who find their lives intersecting and their futures taking shape as they prepare for the biggest night of high school.

Rated General with a warning of violence.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

 

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