I’ve just set up a Facebook page, so I can communicate with ‘non-bloggers’ (who are they?). So this is a quick post to test the linkage between my WordPress universe and this internet leviathan.
Last night, family viewing activities consisted of Iron Man and, after the Offspring had gone to bed, The Sweeney.
I’ve seen Iron Man before, so this didn’t hold any surprises. For a film of it’s kind, I thought it was pretty good. Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark – a man with flaws, playing a man with flaws. Flamboyant, reckless, smart, funny and ultimately, discovering a moral dimension. Gwyneth Paltrow put in a creditable supporting performance as Stark’s all seeing, all doing factotum, Pepper Potts. Personally, I generally find her very annoying, but I think this is just envy. Overall score? Mindless fun. 8/10.
Our second choice of viewing (adults only) was The Sweeney. Now, I’m a great fan of 1970’s police shows, for reasons which are slightly more obscure than you’d think (more about this in some later post), but the film failed to capture any flavour of the original TV show. The most prominent review on the DVD box had been done by The Sun, so my expectations weren’t high. Having said all that, two things were in it’s favour. Firstly, I’d seen the footage that had been made in conjunction with the boys from Top Gear, and that looked … quite exciting. Secondly, Ray Winstone, can do ‘gritty’.
The reality? ‘Gritty’ in this case turned out to be ‘offensive’ and the script consisted of swearing interspersed with a few the/and combinations. We couldn’t watch it and switched it off after the first 15 minutes. Overall score? Poor vocabulary. 3/10.
Hopefully, no one tells Ray Winstone where I live.