Today’s Item of the day has been altered to Film of the day because I finally saw Looper last night!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favourite actors and Emily Blunt is one of my favourite actresses. I’ll see anything with either of them in, so a film with them both was bound to be a must-see. Add writer-director Rian Johnson who directed Jo-Go in indie teen noir Brick and it seemed like a recipe for success.
The critics have labelled it ‘groundbreaking’, ‘mindblowing’, the best action film of the year’ and ‘the new Matrix’. So, of course, I went into it with high expectations. And I felt a bit let down.
Up until about two-thirds of the way through, I was really into it (after I had gotten used to Jo-Go’s facial prosthetics) but as soon as it was revealed who the Rainmaker was, I was a bet ‘meh’. I was talking to the boyfriend on the way home (who loved it, FYI, just like the rest of the world) and I think One Tree Hill may have ruined a bit for me with the child star. Also, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone (I don’t think we were the last ones to see it, although it was a whole eight days after release), it felt a bit Heroes-ish too. The first two thirds were incredibly original and entertaining, then it felt like it had been too obviously influenced by other similar products. In fact, the Rainmaker reminded me a lot of Zachary Quinto’s character in Heroes.
I didn’t hate Looper, but I definitely didn’t like it as much as I thought/hoped I would. Fans should check out the official site, which is pretty impressive.