2015 Rental Roundup 7: Spectre, Cooties, Kung Fury

Spectre

The fourth chapter of Daniel Craig’s tenure owes rather a lot to Licence to Kill.

The overall plot is easy enough to understand, but the nitty and gritty is needlessly obtuse; it’s difficult to follow the motivations leading from one spot to the next on 007’s latest investigation.

The series continues it’s horrible confusion about whether it’s a sequel or a reboot. The reintroduction of Spectre and its members is a blatant retcon, but Skyfall maintained continuity with Goldfinger. In short, it’s time to give up.

While revealing that Blofeld is the one behind all the events of the Craig films is interesting, having him lose and be captured in the end is very unsatisfying. While there’s an obvious urgency to wrap up the Craig series, seeing as he’s given mixed messages on Bond 25, it just doesn’t do things justice.

Verdict: Rental (3/5). It tries to deliver on the promises of Skyfall, but doesn’t come close. At the same time, it suffers far less Bourne Identity envy than some of its predecessors. The new era of Bond is so very, very close to finding its own voice. Perhaps it will in one more.

Cooties

A zombie outbreak in an elementary school. A hilarious idea for those who like some dark comedy, but it may strike too close to home for others; my mother wouldn’t think the undead students were all that different from the little monsters she deals with 175 days a year.

The movie starts with a slow burn while introducing the characters, even though half of them die within minutes of the death plague breaking out, brought on by a pathogen in what I’m suuuuuure was otherwise a quality school lunch. The good news is that if you came for blood and mayhem, the bulk of the movie is a small group of teachers and uninfected students fighting for their survival.

The comedy is very hit-or-miss. There’s more hits, but they tend to stretch a joke far enough to transform several of the hits into misses.

Verdict: Rental (3/5). It’s absolutely worth watching at least once, but I didn’t feel strongly about showing it off to the many others who haven’t seen it.

Kung Fury

Unlike my previous indie goof, the AVGN Movie, I promise this one actually came out in 2015.

One of Kickstarter’s better successes, Kung Fury is an over-the-top love letter to over-the-topness disguised as 80s nostalgia. Even the most outrageous 80s action flicks weren’t anywhere near Kung Fury’s league, but that’s not the point. The point is to just have fun.

Aw heck, just watch it now.

As a bonus, he’re the music video of The Hoff singing the theme song:

Verdict: Must-see (5/5).

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