Get Him to the Greek
Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Sean Combs, Rose Byrne | R |
Greek is sneaky. It looks like a by-the-book buddy road comedy, but it goes deeper-and darker-than you might expect. Hill stars as Aaron, a record-company lackey sent by his tyrannical boss (Combs, all but stealing the movie; see sidebar) to pick up rock has-been Aldous Snow for his comeback concert. The hitch is that Aldous, played by Brand with amazing delicacy, is a drug-addled lunatic-hilarious at first but then just a sad, lonely wreck. His drama (and one egregious scene in particular) nearly stalls a movie that starts brilliantly but doesn’t give itself quite enough room to accelerate.
Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac | R |
Oh, it’s gross. Let’s get that out of the way. Splice is a visceral assault-but it’s not schlock. Scientist couple Clive (Brody) and Elsa (Polley) take their work to wildly unethical levels, creating Dren (Chaneac), a human-animal hybrid who quickly morphs from lab experiment to substitute kid despite looking vaguely like a chicken. It’s what happens when Dren hits adolescence that’s unspeakable-though you’ll talk about it for days afterward. So just what does Splice have to say? That playing God is wrong? Playing at parenting is worse? Nah, nothing that deep. Just this: Never mind Dren’s deadly tail, kangaroo legs or eyes that grow closer together as she shifts from prey to predator; what we should truly fear is puberty.