Tom DotyTimes Columnist
September 6, 2012
A little bit of everything for renters this week including a cheesy blast from the past that was long overdue on DVD.
“The Five Year Engagement” — The makers of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” are back with another relationship comedy that is equal parts vulgar and poignant. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star as a couple who are ready to tie the knot, but not ready for all of the hoo-ha that involves. The best bit involves a multimedia presentation on the old girlfriends of the groom that is shown at the engagement party. There’s plenty to laugh at here.
“The Good Wife: Season 3” — NBC’s hit drama continues to get even better with this season. The story follows a woman who goes back to work as a lawyer after she separates from her cheating husband, who just so happens to be in the public eye. Great writing and lots of subplots make this the best season yet, as Julianne Margulies’ character separates from her husband and pursues an affair with the boss of her firm, while her estranged husband (the excellent Chris Noth) went back to work as the State’s Attorney while mulling over a chance to run for governor.
“Safe” — Jason Statham brings the pain in his role here as a cage fighter. He finds himself ducking the Russian mob when he refuses to lose a match, and that spells tragedy for his personal life as the goons target his lady. Statham responds by rescuing a 10-year-old girl with a gift for numbers, who the mob wants to exploit. Protecting the child gives him a reason to live again, as well as an excuse to pound guys with funny accents into so much jelly.
“Megaforce” — The 1980s rule with this retro action flick that never got a home video release. Hal Needham (“Cannonball Run”) directs the heck out of this and proves that ex-stuntmen are the go-to guys for authentic action films. The story follows the titular guys who roam the earth beating on bad guys who threaten liberty. They are led by Barry Bostwick (rocking a blonde doo and beard that makes him look like a Bee Gee). The bad guy is Henry Silva (of Rat Pack fame) and the lady is Perses Khambata (that bald lady from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”). Great fun and so cheesy you should watch it on a cracker.
Next week brings a new take on an old fairy tale with “Snow White and the Huntsman.”