Commentary

April 12, 2013

Fly Over: ‘Evil Dead’, and ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’

In theaters:

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‘Evil Dead’

Should’ve stayed that way

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone goes to see a remake of a classic movie just to complain about it later. Sometimes, they want to see a movie worth the 50-cent increase in fountain drink prices.
That said I was willing to give “Evil Dead” a chance, mostly due to the fact that the creators of the original personally lent their support in its development. But even though I could see the effort put into the making of this film, there are just too many nagging complaints that keep me from giving “Evil Dead” the same praise other critics have.
“Evil Dead” follows siblings David (Shiloh Fernandez) and Mia (Jane Levy), the latter of which suffers from a cocaine addiction.
In order to help Mia quit, David and three of their friends take her to an old, family cabin in the middle of the woods so she can quit cold-turkey without distraction. What they find in the cabin, however, is strange book bound in human flesh which, after one of them reads a forbidden passage, summons a demon that wants to take their souls and enable its full resurrection.
What’s immediately apparent about this movie is that the characters suffer from a case of stupid. I know some might argue that as an informed audience member my “tactical analysis” is biased, but I like to think most people are smart enough to know a possession when it’s literally looking them in the face (well, looking down since it’s floating a few feet off the ground). Even if I was to let that slide as them just trying to rationalize the situation, there’s still a lack of common sense. Not only did Mia’s friends think it was a good idea to take a recovering drug addict to the creepiest and most secluded cabin they could find, but they constantly let her out of their sight. And all of this ends with probably the most ineffective demon I have ever seen, as well as questions that’ll have fans arguing for years.
I have heard nothing but praise on Jane Levy’s performance as Mia, but I disagree. While she’s not hair-tearingly awful (she’s not bad while possessed), I felt she was either over-selling her lines or under-selling them. Shiloh Fernandez, however, is just bland, and Elizabeth Blackmore as his girlfriend was so downplayed that she actually surprised me when she said her first real line 20 minutes after her introduction. The only person I can really give a positive review about is Lou Taylor Pucci as their friend Eric, and even he grated on my nerves with his whining from time to time.
The best thing about “Evil Dead” is the special effects, and I mean it full heartedly. When the filmmakers can have an audience cry out in horror and cover their eyes, then they’re doing something right. This movie made me avert my eyes so many times I probably missed out on five minutes of the film in total, and they have every right to be proud about that. But while the special effects are top-notch, the musical score was just distractingly “ominous” and the script seemed very bare-bones.
Looking at it on its own, as all movies should be in the end, there were just too many issues with the story and the characters for “Evil Dead” to get a recommendation from me. However, anyone who is just looking to be disgusted by horrifying imagery (and, honestly, who isn’t from time to time?) will at least get a kick out of it.
This film is rated R.

and also in theaters:

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‘Temptation:Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’

It’s hard to come by an exciting romance/drama, and I have to say that ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’ is now on the top of my list.
The movie begins with a couple working with a marriage counselor to somehow resolve their issues. The wife exclaims that they’re not the same people they used to be. This results in a heated argument with her husband who walks out of the room frustrated. Afterward, the counselor tells the wife she suspects her of either having an affair or has met someone. The counselor proceeds to tell her a story about her sister named Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell).
The story begins with Judith and Brice (Lance Gross) as children, playing together and being inseparable. As the years go by, their love grows and they are married and move to the city. There, Judith works as a therapist at a match making company owned by Janice (Vanessa Williams) and Brice works at a pharmacy. At the pharmacy, Brice is introduced to Melinda (Brandy Norwood) who later reveals that she is hiding from an abusive ex-husband. Judith hates her job at the match making company and confides to Brice about starting her own practice. Instead of encouraging her, Brice tells her they have to put that off until they’re more financially stable.
The next work day, Judith meets Harley (Robbie Jones), a wealthy entrepreneur who is looking into investing in Janice’s company. Harley immediately takes interest in Judith and has her assigned as his liaison. With each day spent with Harley, Judith notices that there are certain areas in her relationship where she isn’t fulfilled. Harley is exciting and spontaneous while Brice is more planned and traditional. Judith likes the fact that Harley is all about her and believes in her aspirations and goals. Harley also confesses to Judith that he wants to seduce her and explains all the things he’d do and how Brice doesn’t compare to what he’d provide her. This gives Judith something to think about as she goes home to her husband. That night Judith attempts to spice up their sex life by being spur-of-the-moment in the kitchen. Brice tries to go with it, but stops her and tells her to eat her dinner before making love the proper way in the bed.
Between her comfortable husband and him forgetting her birthday, Judith is left pondering what she really wants. On a plane ride back from New Orleans with Harley, Judith is seduced by him.
Afterward, Judith tells Harley she never wants to speak to him again, but confronts him later after seeing him with other women. Bored with Brice, Judith begins sneaking out of the house to have sex with Harley and use cocaine. From there it’s a question of whether Judith will leave Brice for Harley or will she stay with Brice. They are two totally different men with two different paychecks.
This movie is strange because at first it has you rooting for Brice and then for Harley when Brice begins to forget her birthday and is distracted by work and life in general.
There are many emotions expressed in the movie. There is anger, sadness, happiness and confusion wrapped in many twists, turns and surprises. I haven’t seen a movie with Robbie Jones before, but he plays Harley very well as a confident, alluring entrepreneur. Jurnee Smollett-Bell also is great with her portrayal of Judith, who starts as a woman who knows what she wants but becomes one that is lost in sex, drugs and money. This movie is great for anyone who likes a good drama with a bit of action and mystery.
This film is rated PG-13.




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