This weekend I chose to see The Lookout, NOT Blades of Glory. I had free tickets to see Blades of Glory and I still didn't go. That's right. Not even for free. I did love Anchorman, but I didn't want to taint my perspective of Will Ferrell after watching Stranger than Fiction. I'll wait till it's on video.
The Lookout wasn't as impressive as I expected. For Scott Frank's directorial debut, he did pretty well. But Frank didn't give the actors, especially Joseph Gordon Levitt, much to work with scriptwise. You've heard Frank's words in Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, Flight of the Phoenix, and The Interpreter. I've seen 2 out of 5 and liked neither of them. But Frank stopped being a box office hit about 5 years ago. Levitt was his usual moody, raw self burdened with a different backstory. I get that he never wants to be pegged as the bumbling idiot he played in "30 Rock" and 10 things I hate about you ever again, but now he's just burrowed himself a brand new hole he won't be able to get himself out of when he tries. I guess he won't even try until he gets himself an Oscar nod like his fellow actor Ryan Gosling. There wasn't much to the film. Just what you would expect. The movie's motto gives the whole thing away. So, wait for video.