Now for the latest group of drama films. Up first we have The Better Angels. I’m a big fan of Jason Clarke and Brit Marling plus Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley are usually solid, it’s just a shame this movie is a total waste of time. Ever see Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder and think, I wonder how that would be if it was black & white and made even less sense? This film reminds me of a bunch of James Franco films I’ve seen recently, all that serve no purpose other than they are the story the filmmaker wanted to tell. I sat there bored like Franco’s Child of God and As I Lay Dying. It looks pretty and it’s well made, it’s just boring and I found it pointless. If the DVD box hadn’t mentioned Abraham Lincoln, I might have forgotten it was about him.
Next we have Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. I am not familiar with the real life story the film is based on so I can’t tell you how accurate it is. There’s nothing exactly wrong with the movie nor is it all that entertaining. The film is about a pesticide leak at a plant in India that killed 10,000 people. Kal Penn is good. Martin Sheen is good. Mischa Barton is surprisingly not bad. But as a movie, it’s not something you sit through on the edge of your seat or talk about with friends. If you know the story, watch it. If you don’t, you might learn something. Will you be entertained? Not sure.
Third we have Diamond Heist with Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones. Sure these guys have made some bad straight-to-video movies (and this is just another), but I like these guys. Unfortunately there are way more characters in this than them and the movie kind of dumb. It’s about male dancers and diamond smuggling which sounds as preposterous as the film. I sat there bored waiting for Jones and Madsen to be great, but too much other stuff happens and I just didn’t care. I’m sure some people will check it out who like them (like me), but don’t expect much.
Last is Lonesome Dove Church. A western in dramas? Well sort of. Sure it’s a western and some aspects you like in westerns, shoot outs, horses, great set design, but ultimately the film is about a preacher and his son. It’s not terrible, but it’s your standard new western of today. Tom Berenger can do these roles in his sleep (that’s not necessarily a negative) so he’s good, but there’s nothing all that special about the film either. I’ve definitely seen worse westerns lately, but you won’t be confusing this for a classic.