Saturday, January 25, 2014

Penny Thoughts ‘14—Red 2 (2013) **½

PG-13, 116 min.
Director: Dean Parisot
Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Warren Ellis (characters), Cully Hamner (characters)
Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough, David Thewlis, Garrick Hagon, Tim Piggot-Smith, Brian Cox

“Red 2” isn’t really a good movie. It isn’t trying to be. Now, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t try to be a good movie; but at this point, for these filmmakers, do they really even need to care? Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich doing his best John Malkovich impersonation. I mean really… they don’t care. They’re still better than many. So you have to decide, am I going to hate this, or am I at least going to try and enjoy it.

I chose to try to enjoy it, and I did. The movie is absurd and it’s at it’s best when it is acknowledging that it is absurd. Of course, it’s an espionage plot, so it has to take much of its happenings seriously, but the plot isn’t the reason you bother with this film. You need to watch for Willis to be Willis, Parker to be Parker, Malkovich to be whatever it is that he is. And they do that. You can enjoy that. Don’t expect too much else here. Oh, Anthony Hopkins is pretty Hopkins too.

I give it two and a half stars. I can’t say it’s good, but it is what it is. If you want to watch it, then you might as well enjoy it.

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