It’s been a pretty crappy summer movie season, but I think I’ve finally found a film I can look forward to. Granted, this one comes out in October, which is not considered summer by any definition I’m familiar with, but that’s a minor quibble.
One of my favorite plotlines is “grizzled bad ass comes out of retirement for one final job.” I think I just like the idea that, at the end of the day, even if you’re not as strong, fast, or whatever as you used to be, experience and practice will always win out at the end. It’s always exciting to watch a person who is supremely competent at something, especially a physical activity, get it done—particularly, as is often the case with these sorts of stories, when this competence is completely unexpected by the other characters. Furthermore, as movies tend to be about activities that are already exciting to watch in the first place (there are not many about a guy who is the best roofer, for example), the end result, can oftentimes be extra satisfying.
Red has this going on two levels. Not only is it about expert former CIA operatives, but it has an amazing cast of highly skilled actors. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren? The only thing better than a comedy starring talented comedians, is a comedy starring talented actors, and you can’t get much more talented than that lineup right there. Combined with the fact that in the trailer alone they just look to be having an absolute blast, promises that Red will be a film that will hit me on all the right levels.