Looper is the flick that we’re looking at today. It’s the new film by Rian Johnson who previously directed Brick and The Brothers Bloom…neither of which I’ve seen. There’s been a lot of buzz about this film because essentially JGL is playing opposite Bruce Willis with the twist is that they’re playing the same character. Time travel, baby! But a lot of people have been pretty damn skeptical about whether JGL was the right choice to play a young Willis (except that Levitt was cast first so Willis is actually supposed to play an old JGL). I have faith in Beta is Dead’s number one actor, so I’m willing to give this movie the benefit of the doubt.
Full review after the jump.
If you’ve seen trailers or commercials for Looper you’ve probably assumed it was an action film. In fact it’s more of a cerebral thriller with a lot of action. The difference lies in the fact that in a film like this you can’t turn your brain off; you have to think. If you don’t like thinking then I suggest you go watch The Expendables again. For people who in fact do like to think you’ll want to watch this film.
Anyway this was a very well-directed film. I’m not a film guy in the sense that I studied film or anything so I may not be the best authority of what makes a “well-directed film”, but I do know that I thought that the vast majority of this movie seemed but together pretty damn fine. The script was equally good and nothing felt too forced or out of place. The film had me on the edge of my seat all the way through and there was a point where I felt it dragged.
|Old Joe: "This is kind of awkward but we don't have money in the future."|
Old Joe: "Plus you did invite me out to lunch..."
The cast here is also great. Anyone who doubted JGL’s ability to play a young Bruce Willis better take out their forks because it’s time to eat crow. Thanks to prosthetics and make-up they manage to make Levitt at least look like it’s possible that he’s a younger Bruce Willis and, because he’s like the best actor in Hollywood, he totally manages to do a good Willis impression. Shockingly for everything they did to JGL to transform him into Young Joe it was actually Emily Blunt who seemed make a true metamorphoses. From a physical point of view she was tanned and had her hair dyed blonde but the way she talked, the way she moved; she became such a different person I seriously didn’t realize who she was until way late in the movie. Now I’m not exactly Blunt’s biggest fan but she really opened my eyes in this film. Bruce Willis…pretty much is playing “Bruce Willis” like he always does. It’s not bad at all but it’s also not going to win him any awards at the Oscars. Pierce Gagnon, who was about five years old at the time, was a shockingly great as Cid. I have to wonder if we’ll be hearing this kid’s name again in the future.
|Okay Emily, I guess I'll forgive you for your last flick|
The only thing I didn’t really like was that we don’t get to look at the world as much as I would have liked. The world of 2044 is a dirty, crusty failure and I wanted to see more of it. Also I wish we got as more detailed explanation about The Rainmaker. There was an awesome scene that showed Joe as a young man throughout the years as he becomes Old Joe; I wish something similar was done with The Rainmaker’s story.
|Ready to smoke some turkeys (so long as they come real close and stand real still)|
I give Looper 5 out of 5 Adorable Pandas.
-Excellent acting from the cast
-Great science fiction elements
-Legitimately interesting and engaging plot
-Certain aspects of the film could have used more development