[After creating and then testing the drinking rules, Swan and Penguin recap their adventures with the movie. Offering their thoughts on the quality of the film itself, as well as how the drinking rules held up, and if worth using.]
Lowered expectations can be a blessing at times. When you hear nothing but how awful something is, it takes a lot to really reach those expectations. Max Payne is one of those movies that was a lot more enjoyable than its reputation would allow you to believe. But let’s get to the scoreboard.
This is a hard movie to review, as at the time of writing this it had been a day and a half since seeing the movie and I don’t remember most of the movie. I am not sure if that is because of the alcohol or the because the movie was so forgettable. I will say that there were some really cool camera angles and shots but that is really the only positive thing I can say about the movie. The acting was clearly done for the pay cheque, the story was insanely convuluted (I think) and the climax of the film happened. I can’t remember more of the film to talk about it so I will just jump on to the drinking.
This is pretty much an average movie. It has some cool visuals and some key shot choices. The acting is decent for the most part, and a lot of characters play their roles well. The pacing is a bit of a mess with a really slow build-up, an action packed peak, major slowdown then a very jumbled and messy climax.
Having no real history with the game franchise, I’m not really sure what they got wrong or right, but for once was glad I live-tweet these things. As some of my followers were able to help me understand some of the design choices in the movie, and did make it more enjoyable.
I am still hungover….
This is a hard movie to gauge. The drinking for the most part was constant throughout the film, but a lot of the rules/judgments seem to have been in the gray area. Especially in regards to the trademark Marky Mark stare, it is hard to tell when he is doing that or just his natural glare. So half-way through the film, we nixed that rule and added a rule for whenever they mention/show the wings in the film.
The other rule that was a hard sell (though by the end, it makes a bit more sense) was the whole magic/hallucination stuff. Since the film does try and portray some of this stuff as actually happening.
Keep these notes in mind, if you want to use the rules.
Max Payne isn’t the worse movie based on a video game, but it isn’t the best either. Go in expecting a decent, if not badly paced action film and you won’t leave disappointed.
Use the modifications to our drinking rules for a good time on that end as well!
Until next movie, bottoms up!