Friday, July 1, 2011

Transformers 3 v Larry Crowne: Film Face Off

Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon features Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Shia LaBeouf battling evil robots, while Larry Crowne is a comedy-drama starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But who will win this week's Film Face Off?

Transformers 3 sees Shia LaBeouf star as Sam, who is struggling to find a job despite saving the world twice.
But just as he’s settling down with new girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons kicks off again and it’s time for Sam to get back to doing what he does best: saving the Earth while looking handsome.
Tom Hanks stars in as the title character in Larry Crowne, playing a middle-aged man forced to enrol in his local community college after being made redundant.
There he meets teacher Julia Roberts, with romance soon on the cards.
Winner: Seeing that Transformers has used the pretty much the same storyline three times, the winner has to be Larry Crowne
What we say
Transformers 3: A mish-mash of underwear catalogue, Which? Missile magazine, Top Gear special and a trip to Hamleys, this goes all out to punch young male buttons (frankly, girls will only point out annoying things such as: ‘How come Rosie has time to get her hair straightened mid-Decepticon onslaught?’).
But can a generation that communicates at 140 characters per Tweet really handle 154 long minutes of such incoherent drivel?
Larry Crowne: Aside from the fact there’s something deeply patronising about a multi-millionaire movie star pretending to be an average Joe recession victim, the script, which is co-written by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), is carved from the blandest of feta.
Cult support from the likes of Mr Sulu off Star Trek proves diverting but when Cedric The Entertainer is not the most annoying thing in a movie, you have to worry.
Winner: Hardly glowing praise for either film, but Larry Crowne just edges it.
What you say
TheKingBlair (via Twitter): If you havent seen #Transformers 3 yet.. your life isnt complete yet. #Thatisall
Girarrrd (via Twitter): Transformers 3 is filled with action, nice CGI and no story. At least the robot action and that replacement for Megan Fox is nice to look at
richardroeper (via Twitter): I know "Larry Crowne" is corny but it was a welcome relief from all the sequels and the noise of summer movie season...
StudioCityCat (via Twitter): "Larry Crowne"? It's like Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts made spin-art out of their own diarrhea, and now want to charge us to see it.
Winner: Transformers 3

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