This week’s best movie is probably The Amazing Spider-Man, unless you’re a huge Katy Perry fan or want some 90′s Oliver Stone with Savages. You can read our Spider-Man review here. If you’ve already seen it, then you’re choices couldn’t be farther apart. A movie about Katy Perry, or an action movie about drug dealers. Katy Perry. Drug dealer action movie. The choice is yours.Katy Perry: Part of Me
All of Perry’s on-screen interactions with intimates, especially a painfully stiff visit to her grandmother, feel as phony and staged as the post-show meet-and-greets with her fans, and we’re left with zero sense of what she’s really like as a granddaughter, sister, boss, or friend.
As a piece of pro-Perry propaganda, the entertaining and disarmingly poignant movie from directors and reality television vets Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz is a startling success.
There are some candid moments of Perry dealing with the fallout and breaking down in her dressing room before putting on her happy face and hitting the stage, but you never see any more than what Perry or her producers want seen.
Verdict: Skip It Savages
If the movie feels like a feature-length reality TV show — and it does — that’s because Magical Elves, the production team behind “Top Chef” and “Project Runway,” had a hand in its creation.
By way of explaining her seaside hometown, O says, “God parked his car here on the seventh day and they towed it on the eighth.” Ahh, deep-pocketed, slacker wisdom.
“Savages” isn’t about anything except flashily directed mayhem. In this nest of vipers, it’s the slitheriest varieties that survive – at least for a time.
But despite his typical tricks, and tics — hyperfast editing, mixed-up film stocks — this is more reminiscent of pulpy career low points such as “U Turn.”
Verdict: Skip It
The acting isn’t bad, but the characters, as written, boast roughly the depth and heft of a spork.