Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kevin Costner, the non-movie star

The reason I'm not an optimist is because my optimism is always deluded.  Like last weekend for instance, when I thought that maybe Kevin Costner might once again rise to the level of a leading man in mainstream movies.  And so, without reading any reviews at all, I dragged Tom to see Three Days to Kill.

Big mistake.

The previews had led me to believe that the Costner character was a family man pulled back into the spy game for one last time.  As is so often true, the preview far outclassed the actual movie.  It was a comedy and then it was a sadistic thriller.  Are we to believe that you can torture a man with electricity in one second and then share a joke with him in the next?  I think not.

It was a movie that didn't know its own identity.  I writhed through all two hours of it.  It's not that Kevin Costner is such a bad actor, it's that he doesn't know how to choose a script.  The writing was insipid.  I kept saying lines before they were spoken.

Here's what we've seen in the last couple of months:



Saving Mr. Banks

American Hustle

The Book Thief

The Hunger Games (2)

About Time (with Rian)

The Past (French) with Rian


  1. So what you are saying is that Kevin Costner needs you to become his agent.

    (By the way, I LOVE entertaining- small dinner parties, giant farm potlucks, you name it.)

  2. The enjoyable Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams have been eclipsed with such stinkers as Water World and the Bodyguard. He's like that two emotion Dennis Quaid: disappointing and boring.

    We have been binge watching Season Two, House of Cards. After episode 10, I can't see anymore. I don't care enough about Frank and Claire. They are vile. The show hasn't nothing to commend itself.