Year Released: 2013
Main Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Loiuse Parker, Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Hopkins
Last watched: July 2014
Review Date: July 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
A bit of oldies fun for the family who love action and old actors. Here we have a bunch of theatre actors who you would expect to see in 18th century garb, possibly at the Globe Theatre with cheeky asides to the audience. Oh, and Bruce Willis.
Bruce is Bruce. Quite ok here and the other characters are doing a good job of holding it all together but there’s a tiredness that keeps the screenplay for being gripping. The start has some brutal moments and a particularly fun fight in a large cupboard but nothing is exceptional. That said, I’d watch this again knowing I’d enjoy the little asides and glimpses of quality acting that are allowed to poke through an obvious screenplay.
John, Helen and Mary-Louise all provide entertaining performances and the two wonderful Welsh elements in the forms of Catherine and Anthony add flavour and seasoning.
It’s a vehicle for an idea really, like a joke that you’ve heard before. Still fun and comfortable and each time you hear it there’s a little extra touch of elaboration.
DVD Extras: Not much in the Gag reel so guess they were all good at their jobs, more’s the pity for the extras. A few details on stunts and weapons. I didn’t get a big buzz from it all really.
No, just not enough punch.
Watch if on TV?
Yes. Fun and expectably comfy.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. As much for the madness of Anthony and John as for anything else.