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    Gringo (Review)

    Gringo has all the right ingredients for a good sauce, but something just not right. wants to be a dark comedy, but it's not all that dark nor all that funny. The parts are all there, it just never quite comes together to make it work. The lead character (played by David Oyelowo) is a very likable fellow who has one crappy thing after another happen to him, and there's a few fun scenes, but it feels forced and tries to hard to be dark and funny and just misses the mark. If you like dark comedies and have time to kill, it's not the worst movie in the genre by any means, but the trailer pretty much has the best parts. C+/B-

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    I can still watch Charlize Theron, I got through Atomic Blond ok so I'll check this one out when it hits DVD.
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    Theron is starting to look a bit worn out though. Sometimes her acting seems like she is going through the motions and not quite enjoying it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteyrAUG View Post
    I can still watch Charlize Theron, I got through Atomic Blond ok so I'll check this one out when it hits DVD.
    A different genre, but Concrete Blond a better movie. I didn't find her very compelling in this one visually or otherwise thought she attempts to highly sexual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillBrink View Post
    A different genre, but Concrete Blond a better movie. I didn't find her very compelling in this one visually or otherwise thought she attempts to highly sexual.
    Was "concrete" an unintentional criticism? I think her overt sexuality was meant to be an ironic caricature (just another level of BS the protagonist has to deal with), while no longer in her prime I bet she cleans up nicer than her portrayal in this film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteyrAUG View Post
    Was "concrete" an unintentional criticism? I think her overt sexuality was meant to be an ironic caricature (just another level of BS the protagonist has to deal with), while no longer in her prime I bet she cleans up nicer than her portrayal in this film.
    She cleans up fine, does a fine job of her part, it's just not terribly memorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillBrink View Post
    She cleans up fine, does a fine job of her part, it's just not terribly memorable.
    Honestly beyond 2 Days in the Valley, The Devil's Advocate and Prometheus most of her films aren't terribly memorable and even the above aren't ground breaking or anything. She was most interesting in 2 Days in the Valley and really all I remember about the film is her, I vaguely remember a plot about an assassin or something, but she was incredible looking in that film.

    The Devil's Advocate is probably her best film (her looking like crap for a movie about a skitzo serial killer wasn't impressive to me) but at the end of the day it was still a Keanu Reeves film, Pacino did all the heavy lifting to make it work.

    Prometheus is probably her biggest film but I personally didn't find it particularly impressive. Atomic Blond was actually a more interesting film than Prometheus for me. She seems to have "hot chick" syndrome where she doesn't want to get typecast and bank or her looks, but the reality is the films she does that where she isn't playing the "hot blond" just aren't terribly interesting.
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