At The Movies 04.10.09
This is Ron Salfen,
“At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on films now
showing at The Majestic Theater in
“Fast and Furious”
is currently No.1 in the country at the box office, and it’s
all action/adventure. Vin
Diesel plays the muscle-bound, unsmiling tough guy whose merry
little band of acrobat thieves in fast cars is run over by a
powerful Mexican drug cartel.
Out for revenge, our hero infiltrates the cartel, along
with an FBI guy also trying to go after the kingpin, and their
unorthodox partnership gets involved in all manner of chase
scenes and narrow escapes.
The women are just skinny models parading in skimpy
outfits, we don’t have time for any real relationships here,
because we’re too busy pursuing and being pursued.
doesn’t have time for any relationships, either, because
she’s too busy being the teenage pop star, concerts, tours,
autograph-signings, but somehow she’s lost track of her true
inner self, the country girl Miley Cyrus from the small town
where they paint chicken coops by day and pick guitars on the
front porch by night. Miley
reluctantly returns to her roots, at the insistence of her
real-life Dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and not only re-discovers her
genuine self, she learns to croon a country ballad, and even
finds a little local romance.
Hasn’t Disney made this movie before, and didn’t it
star Hayley Mills? Oh
well, none of the teenage fans of Hanna Montana would remember
that, anyway, so it’s all kind of cute and harmless.
Sure, the acting is inconsistent, but the music isn’t
bad, and if you want “sweet” you sure won’t get it with
“Fast And Furious,” or its wannabe clone “12 Rounds.”
In this “Rescue Your Helpless Girlfriend From the
Clutches Of The Bad Guy” plot, Michael Cena, the former
wrestler, might have the muscles of Vin Diesel, but his acting
is even worse than Billy Ray Cyrus.
And the story gets kind of silly when he outruns a
speeding car and leaps on to a moving helicopter.
If you’re going for the adrenaline rush, you’re
better off with “Fast and Furious,” despite its dramatic
limitations and complete lack of subtlety.
As they say in the biz, “It is what it is.”
This is Ron Salfen,
“At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM