Renters had a fifty-fifty chance of getting a their hands on a good flick this week with two dogs sharing the shelves alongside a pair of winners.
VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – There is a lot to like at the outset with this retelling of the Frankenstein story. This spin offers a younger and very passionate Doctor Frankenstein who befriends his Igor after rescuing him form a travelling carnival. In minutes he cures him of his hump and finds that the guy is very smart. they team up with Frankenstein opening up his lab, home, and world to Igor. They make for good mates but their creations all turn out evil.
The main problem here is story ,or lack thereof. The actors(James McCavoy and Daniel Radcliffe) are fine but the events just plod along and you don’t even get to their monster till the final 15 minutes. That said it is a good sequence but you’ll want the other hour and forty-five back.
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA – Ron Howard directs this excellent account of a whaling crew who fun afoul of a giant sea beat. The story would eventually inspire Herman Melville to wrote “Moby Dick.” Unfortunately the crew of this 19th century boat have quite task to survive after their ship is destroyed. What follows is an awesome survival tale. Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy star.
HOWARD THE DUCK – Marvel has made some cool superhero flicks in the last 16 years but this lame 1986 effort wasn’t one of them. Despite some great talent (Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones) this tale of a wise quaking space duck( who is brought to earth via a laser beam) is dead a s a doornail. Marvel has been having a fine run at the movies of late but trying to smoke this one by fans isn’t going to win them any favor.
THE BENFACTOR – Richard Gere gives a well measured performance in this low key study of a philanthropist who becomes a nuisance to a young couple after a car accident upsets his life and leaves him with an addiction to pain killers. Gere is very good here at straddling that fine line between friendly and creepy as his character focuses his energies on helping a young couple through a rough patch that he only makes worse.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.