Friday, August 26, 2011

Mr. A's review of.........Fright Night

The Story:
Former nerd Charlie Brewster actually has a pretty good high school life. He's got a girlfriend who loves him, he lives next door to a stripper, he's got a mom who gives him his space, and besides his motorcycle breaking down in the middle of the road, things couldn't get any better.
Well, until people start disappearing that is.
Suddenly Charlie's life is thrown into a tailspin. His girlfriend is on the verge of breaking up with him, his mom is flirting with the new neighbor, and his former childhood friend "Evil" Ed Lee, after trying to convince Charlie that his neighbor Jerry is a vampire, ends up missing, too.
But that can't be right. Jerry? A vampire?
Sadly it is and Charlie's entire life is now just a race against time to stop Jerry and save his family.
Turning to Las Vegas magician and self-proclaimed vampire expert Peter Vincent, Charlie must devise a plan to put Jerry down and save the people in his town from being turning into blood-sucking freaks.
Can he do it or will he end up one of the walking dead himself?
Welcome, everyone. Fright Night!

The Review:
So right off the bat the soundtrack is awesome, including personal favorites like "Pumped Up Kicks" from Foster the People and "99 Problems" by Hugo.
The acting is awesome with most memorable performance by former Doctor Who star David Tennant. As soon as he appears on screen the film gets better. On the down side his character wasn't featured as much as I would have hoped.
Anton Yelchin holds his own as the reluctant hero Charlie Brewster, I must say that he is now one of my favorite actors.
Unfortunately I found Colin Farrel's portrayal of Jerry to be a bit underwhelming. Not to say he didn't get the job done or that he wasn't a good villain, there was just something missing.
The pacing was a little off for the first half of the film, but it does even out around the half-way mark.
The effects are a bit shoddy when it comes to one particular chase scene and during the final battle, but the rest of it is quite good.
The direction wasn't really anything new, but it worked for the film.

The Verdict:
With more kick-assery and humor than the original, Fright Night delivers on quite a few levels.
There really isn't much gore, however there is quite a lot of blood so please don't take your kids to see this, this isn't some sparkly BS like Twilight.
There are a few frightening moments, but any adult should be able to handle them.
As a last bit of advice I suggest you don't see it in 3-D, I've been told by many people that it really wasn't worth the extra $5.
Now get off your ass and go see Fright Night!

Jaa mata,
Mr. A
(Executive producer, vampire hunter)

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