May 28, 2010, - 2:48 pm
Not much to write home about at the movies, this Memorial Day weekend.
* “Sex and the City 2“: Read my complete review on this awful movie. Four aging annoying women in expensive, ugly clothes go to a gay wedding, then hang out in Abu Dhabi and swoon over the faux-glamor and even more phony “exoticism” of Muslim Arabs, all while bitching, moaning, whining, and uttering vile, stupid sex one liners and puns. Again, read my full review column.
* “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time“: Although there was nothing objectionable about this movie and it has a decent message, it was just boring. So much action, so much swashbuckling, and yet so slow and unexciting. And it’s based on a video game, which should tell you something (the video game-based movies usually stink).
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, the adopted son of the King of Persia. He helps his brothers invade a neighboring city to capture it and its beautiful princess and discovers a magical sword that–using special sand–turns back time. Soon, though, he is framed for killing the king and is on the run from his brothers and uncle (Ben Kingsley) along with the princess. Throughout, he and everyone else goes back and forth in possession of the magical sword and its powers. His uncle sends the Hassansins (a weird perversion of the real Arabic word for assassins, “hashashin” or “hashashiyin”) to try to kill Destin using very obviously computer-generated snakes.
Like I said, nothing really bad about this movie, and the message–good versus evil–is clear, with good predictably winning out. I just thought it was boring and sleep-inducing. Not a “bad” movie. But not a great one, either. It’s missing the sparkle of usual Disney fare.
Fine for your family, though some young kids might find the few snake scenes to be scary.
Watch the trailers . . .
Tags: Ben Kingsley, Hassansins, Jake Gyllenhaal, movie, Movie Reviews, Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Sex and the City 2