This week’s new DVD releases are full of food, fun and fighting.
Director Lasse Hallström has put together his latest cinematic dish as a tasty three-course meal that only slows between the main course and dessert. Hallström blends romance and cooking to create a sweet tale of love that’s fifty shades of gravy. It’s the rare case where both sides are justified in their personal and culinary opinions. That makes it easy to root for them to find a way to come together.
Most of the film is predictable, but that’s like looking at a menu and ordering items you’ve had many times before.
The familiar can be just as good if presented the right way. When Mirren is involved, characters are elevated to the highest quality.
Director Sebastian del Amo skillfully shows the professional highs and emotional lows that went into making Cantinflas such a national treasure.
Del Amo doesn’t allow the movie to drift into melancholy, always slipping back to the whimsical work of Cantinflas or the parallel story of Todd’s efforts to lure Hollywood’s elite to his movie. The film’s biggest flaw is that the “80 Days” story isn’t quite as interesting. It would have been better to explore the rise of Cantinflas in more detail.
Director Matt Reeves (“Let Me In”) gives “Dawn” a very human touch, both through the emotional complexities of the humans and the social structure of the apes.
Also new in stores Dec. 2: