Monday, October 09, 2006


I actually liked this movie. It had just enough non-fight sequences to keep me interested in the plot. Particularly intruiguing was actress Jennifer Decker, who looks like she could be Emma Watson's older sister. She did a perfectly convincing job of being barely bilingual - nothing is more annoying than "foreigners" who suddenly speak fluent English after one scene of minced words. Kind of like Ginger Rogers trying to pretend she couldn't dance or the Von Trapp kids pretending they couldn't harmonize.

This movie (and it was clearly a movie rather than a film) was pretty much panned by the NY Times and other major newspapers, but I think they were missing the point. Perhaps the biggest such point was Jean Reno, who was labelled a walking stereotype - while I thought he displayed the least amount of cliché out of the entire cast of characters. Compared to Rawlings, the down-home country fried turkey and snooty Briggs Lowry, daddy's little dividend that just won't pay off, Reno did a fine job of playing M. le Capitaine Thénault.

Besides, who doesn't love to hate a swarthy German named "The Black Falcon"? Muwahaha!

1 comment:

Fitèna said...

I haven't seen this movie yet but I just love Jean Réno! He makes acting seem so effortless! Have you seen "Le Grand Bleu"? C'est un des plus beau film que j'ai jamais vu! I don't understand why the french critics shot it the way they did!