Charlize Theron has her Oscar. Now she has her ‘Catwoman’.
The MTVidiots have gone out of their way to empty a high-concept animatrix into an empty-headed star vehicle. Now it’s official — if you’re a woman and you’ve just gotten your first Oscar™ and your agency, William Morris or whomever, is trying to package you into some comic book movie, run, run away. It can’t end well. Ever.
Well, possibly, if you’re producing the thing yourself, and you’re working directly with the creator, as Charlize happens to be with Brian Bendis on ‘
At another time, they might have been able to do some justice to ‘Aeon Flux’, but not after we’ve all come to expect competent fight-choreography and a DP wo can frame and capture it all on film. Director Karyn Kusama (‘
This new movie was written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi the duo that brought us the hapless Jackie Chan/Claire Forlani vehicle, ‘
Is is worth it?
It’s a slow winter so far, and ‘Serenity’ is out of most theaters. Even then, I’d recommend that genre enthusiasts and fans of the old cartoon give pause before laying down good cash to see this in the theater. That $6.50-$11.00 might be better spent on tomorrow’s lunch, the cable bill or your next Ebay purchase. How about ‘Aeon Flux:The Complete Animated Series’?
There are one or two good genre ideas in there, about asexual reproduction, and the migration of souls and memory but it pretty much falls short. For a piece of entertainment that was SO MUCH a piece of guilt-sexy entertainment, it provides little of either.
(Pass on it if you’re forced to break a tie.)