It wasn't easy deciding on a movie to showcase for the weekend review. I watched three very different movies that addressed the nature of good versus evil. Each one was quite good in its own way so here they are:
Tron Legacy was a fun Disney ride with all of the flash and dazzle you would expect from the long awaited sequel. Jeff Bridges does a passable turn as both Kevin Flynn the creator of Tron and CLU his now fascist avatar. Olivia Wilde is gorgeous and a good pick for Quorra the mysterious companion of The elder Flynn. The movie, like many Disney vehicles is steeped in allegory to the point where you want to say, "Enough already, I get it." Still the movie is enjoyable and relatively safe family fare. Tron: Legacy is rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Let Me In probably had the most emotional impact on me. This is one of the best vampire movies that has been produced since "Interview with the Vampire". In fact, if you enjoyed the original Le Fanu's Carmilla, then I think you will appreciate the relationship between a boy, Owen (played by the relatively unknown Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a 12 year-old vampire girl named Abbey (played by Chloe Moretz who you might remember from her previous roles Angie Steadman in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the voice of Penny in Bolt and my favorite role Mindy Macready/HitGirl in the dark comic based movie Kick-***). This isn't one of those "Oh I'm a good vampire, I only eat rabbits" kind of movies. This movie is extremely dark. And while it leaves out many of the details of John Ajvide Lindqvist's orginal novel which would have garnered an NC-17 rating, it still presents the story of bullying, of murderous devotion and revulsion mixed with attraction. What truly makes the movie disturbing however is the faithful recollection of childhood in the 1980s and the incredible screen chemistry between the two actors. You honestly don't know who or what to root for. "Let Me In" is Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality it is not at all suitable for younger children.
Finally there is Stone. A movie in which the title character (played by Edward Norton) is attempting to make parole after serving most of his sentence for arson. He enlist the services of his wife Lucetta (played by Milla Jovovich) to coerce the parole officer by any means necessary. The parole officer Jack Mabry (played by Robert De Niro) is nearing retirement as a straight-laced by the book lawman. The primary theme of the movie is religion and spiritual awareness and both Norton and Di Niro deliver effective performances. While Jack Mabry finds himself sinking deeper into darkness, Stone finds an enlightment of sorts. The surprise performance however was Frances Conroy as Jack Mabry's wife. Her remarkable performance as a forbearing woman of strong religious conviction provides an anchor in a chaotic storm of story. "Stone" is Rated R for pervasive language, strong violence and strong sexual content. This is another movie to watch without the children.
Well that's it for Weekend Review. Be sure to check back next week to see what's new on DVD. Drop me a line if you would like me to review a specific movie.