“In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.” On earth it’s a different story and that scream I hear inside my head is that of my expectations crumbling midway through Prometheus that this film will in any way be coherent, imaginative, or transporting. The first sign of the disaster that is about to unfold before me on the screen is the name of Damon Lindelof, one of the Lost writers responsible for perpetrating the biggest hoax ever executed on television. Like Lost, Prometheus is a grab bag of biblical, mythological and philosophical mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing. Ultimately, though the blame must rest with director Ridley Scott who is the captain of this grounded ship.

The basic plot of the movie is that two scientists have found universal symbols across the globe that point to a common creator or God, although the word God is never uttered in the film. That would take guts and one of the big problems with the story is that it lacks any conviction or point of view. But, I digress much like the movie. Continue reading »

Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a self-centered, immature, former high school beauty queen and mean girl who still has a malicious streak she wields like a silent blade. Mavis, a young adult fiction writer from a small town in Minnesota should be completely unlikeable. Yet, you can almost admire her single-minded focus on herself except for the fact that it’s probably the basis for much of her unhappiness.

Young Adult is not a warm and fuzzy feel good movie where the central character is gruff on the outside but has a heart of gold on the inside. Mavis does have a heart but it’s a dark, twisted, complicated and human one. Dissatisfied with her mess of a life Mavis travels from Minneapolis back to her hometown of Mercury to reclaim her old boyfriend, Buddy Slade. There’s just one big obstacle in her way—Buddy is married and has a newborn baby. The blank and boring Patrick Wilson, who may be the luckiest man in show business, is well cast here as the appropriately blank and boring, nice, average guy Mavis left behind. Continue reading »

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