Peeps’ Movie Review — “Safe House” & “Worried About The Boy”

I thought about heading to the movies tonight since they are having a double feature of “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” leading up to the midnight debut of “The Dark Knight Rises”, but I have a million things to get done today.  While I’ve already seen the first two movies in the this “Batman” trilogy, I think it would much more exciting at the theater seeing and hearing them on the big screen rather than on a 20″ television screen back in the day!

So, once I get done with what I need to accomplish today, I’ll probably relax at home and watch a movie on DVD.   Recently, I watched “Safe House” and “Worried About the Boy”.

‘WORRIED ABOUT THE BOY”

“Worried About The Boy” is a 2010 English TV movie that was just released here in the United States.

It follows the life of George O’Dowd in 1980 as he moved away from home and became part of the fashion scene at a London club called “The Blitz”.  The movie takes you on the journey as George falls in love, gets his heart broken, meets a new love, becomes Boy George, and makes his television debut on “Top of the Pops” with Culture Club.

The movie also flashes forward to 1986 when the world that was Culture Club came crashing down because of George’s drug use.

Douglas Booth is a beautiful Boy George and the acting is great.  It takes you on mystical journey of the punk music scene of the early 1980s and it made me wish that I had lived in either London to experience that or New York City in the 1970s to visit Studio 54.

The movie will also make you want to pull out your Culture Club albums or CDs to listen to the band’s nine top twenty American hits from “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” in 1982 to its biggest hit in 1983, “Karma Chameleon”, to “Move Away”, the group’s last hit in America in 1986.

And, you’ll want to listen to the music because that was my biggest problem with the movie — the lack of Culture Club music.  However, I know the movie focused on how George O’Dowd became “Boy George” and why Culture Club disbanded.  And, it achieved success with both of those.

I admit that I had tickets to see Culture Club in Chicago a few years ago but the tour was cancelled because the U.S. wouldn’t extend a visa to Boy George because of his criminal record.  I guess it’s bad when you chain a male escort to the wall in England? 🙂  The group is expected to release a new album in 2013 and I hope they tour.

GRADE:  B
“SAFE HOUSE”

This thriller, that grossed more than $200 million, came out in theaters earlier this year and is now on DVD.  It’s stars Denzel Washington, one of the most exciting actors alive, and Ryan Reynolds, one of the hottest actors alive.  So, it should be a win-win situation.

However, it isn’t.  Don’t get me wrong because I enjoyed the movie and I couldn’t wait to see how it would end.  But, when it did end, it was very predictable.

Washington plays Tobin Frost, an ex-CIA agent on the run from, it seems, everyone.  When there is a shoot-out with “bad guys”, he ends up in a safe house for protection while being questioned by the CIA.  On the night he’s being interrogated, Reynolds’ character, Matt Weston, is in charge and things go badly when the previously mentioned “bad guys” come in and gun down everyone except the two stars of the movie.

Now, Reynolds, who wants a promotion, must keep Washington alive for the U.S. government to question and Washington wants to get away from Reynolds.  It ends up being a buddy movie although neither men really trusts the other, but they need each other.

While I enjoyed it, I pretty much knew how it would end.

GRADE:  B-

AP VIDEO EXTRA:

And, since there wasn’t much Culture Club music in the movie, “Worried About The Boy” (one song), here’s a bonus:  my favorite Culture Club video, “The War song” from 1984.  It only reached #17 in the U.S., from the lbum, “Waking Up With The House On Fire”.

Anthony

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