Escape to the Movies: The Equalizer - A Near-Perfect Dad Movie

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The Equalizer - A Near-Perfect Dad Movie

The Equalizer manages to be fun despite its heavy-handed power fantasy premise.

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Good review but now I don't want to see it because it was referred to as a "Dad Movie".

I just enjoyed the No More Heroes reference.

Good review. Won't go see it, but it sounds decent enough of a movie to watch if its broadcasted on FX or some other TV channel.

Admittedly, I was worried that half the video being clips was going to become a trend. I'll just chalk up previous videos of yours to either not having enough to talk about, or be constrained for time due to more pressing matters.

Its really weird to hear bob seemingly mock 'older' males for a pre-disposition for liking things they grew up with...then gush at a movie for...the same exact reason.

All that said, I think I can safely pass on this movie. There is really nothing for me in theaters till The Hobbit 3, so *shrug*.

Or Big Hero 6 :D!

Dad-Movies, i like it. From henceforth all aging actors as badass ultra violent vigilante type protagonists will be referred to as "Dad-Movies."

Funny thing is the next Bourne movie will probably qualify as one too. XD

From the review it seems like a good time. I'll wait a few months and rent it instead.

I think what makes supposed 'Dad movies' work is that the actors are of old age, and while they can have fun as butt-kickers, assassins and kung-fu masters of the highest order, there's a sense of deprecation there seeing the action heroes with spots of gray in their hair.

...Except for Tom Cruise. How that guy keeps looking so young after 40 baffles me.

Soooo, it's basically The Punisher?

No Boxtrolls? Why not bob?

Jetsetneo:
Its really weird to hear bob seemingly mock 'older' males for a pre-disposition for liking things they grew up with...then gush at a movie for...the same exact reason.

You just cracked the reason why lots of people hate the man, good job.

I actually enjoy these kinds of films not because I'm a middle-aged dad myself but because I like the idea of "smart" fighters. Where the action heroes of the 80's tended to rely on just brute strength and one-liners to carry a fight, these "dad movies" as Bob puts it do lean more into the style of some of the better martial arts films like Enter the Dragon.

No, seriously, when you sit right down and think about it that's the kind of essence these movies are trying to capture. There are quiet moments and tense moments and the fighting is done in a way that's visually pleasing but lacking the loud football roaring that tends to encapsulate other styles of action films. See Jason Statham in the Expendables carving up bad guys in his trademark lightning-quick group-sized fight scenes while Sly Stallone and Chuck Norris get theme music and stupid one-liners but you never actually see them do anything really impressive on-screen besides bluster and kind of slam into each other like racks of beef in a busy slaughterhouse.

So yeah, I enjoy them for that.

Christ Bob, can you sound any more pretentious while you lord over the "target audience". Tone it down a little, hells.

Only one post credits opinion? For shame.

As a man who has successfully procreated, I feel somewhat irked that I'm boiled down to needing power fantasy wish fulfillment. Then again, I rarely go to the cinema to see anything that isn't a Marvel film, so touche

I guess I'll go see it when it's on TV or maybe if the DVD gets cheap.

Jeez, there was a section in there, I think 4:10, where you seemed hell-bent on tearing down middle-aged white men for their escapism, and for who and what they are... you almost treat them as though they aren't human, man.

But I did like your original classification of the 'Dad Movie', if not the means you got there.

In all, another good review.

Why would you cut that scene with Rob Reiner off right before the hilariously meek-ish "Hello?"

I came here to the comments to see a TF2 reference. (Or at least a Korra one.)

I was disappointed.

Poor show, Escapist commenters.

As soon as I saw the first trailer for this I couldn't help but draw parallels to Tom Clancy's Without Remorse - which I hear they have been trying to make into a movie for years, and I really want it to happen since it was one of my favourite books when I was younger.

However now that this movie has happened, I can't help but feel that the Without Remove movie will not happen for at least a few more years while Hollywood waits for the viewing public to forget that this movie ever happened.

A cool! A written part of his review. That can be helpful.

*scrolls further*

What the fuck is this shit? A score? Wha....

Moviebob, what haz they done to you?

......

But, seriously, I'm not sure if I'm going to get used to Moviebob giving out scores now. It just feels...weird, I guess. I always kind of felt like that just having a score kind of undermines what the actual content of the review was. I've always liked Moviebob for the review content he has given and I doubt that'll change, so maybe I can somehow just ignore the scores...but I can't, coz' I know they're there...and curiosity is overwhelming...

But I guess he'll get more traffic from Metacritic now, so I can understand.

Oh yeah, there's a movie there too...

I guess I'll see it some time...when I have no

thing better to do...

EDIT: Ugh...I keep on asking myself this after pretty much every damn rated r action movie, but how can a gleefully bloody action movie be so fucking boring?

Well, probably because I'm not the right kind of audience to get into the whole power fantasy that everyone I sat with in the audience just absolutely dug. Yeah, it was fun to watch all of his creative kills but there was no substance behind it all. It really all depends on how much you want to be the person Washington is playing.

Hahahah "dad movies". That's perfect. That's pretty much all my dad wants to watch (and Clive Cussler/Tom Clancy books are all he wants to read).

I love action films myself but the "dad" variety always seem to pander too hard to be all that enjoyable, so I might give this one a pass.

During this review I made the jack off motion so hard I nearly dislocated my shoulder. Is it me or does Moviebob tend to be more judgmental of a movie's audience than the actual movie?

I'm not sure if my love of cartoons and anime overloaded the 'young hero' part of my brain during my youth but i've always preferred watching older action hero's, granted I do expect them to bring something more to the table then straight up action, hence my love for Samurai Jack and the preference I had for the older cast in any anime I used to watch.

Am I just imagining things, or have Russians become ever more increasingly the "bad guys" in western entertainment? Games, movies, etc. I feel like if it's not Arabs then it is usually Russian playing that role these days.

And this is coming from a guy whose grandpa had Russian shrapnel in his leg until his death.

Jetsetneo:
Its really weird to hear bob seemingly mock 'older' males for a pre-disposition for liking things they grew up with...then gush at a movie for...the same exact reason.

In fairness, his conclusion is essentially that that's fine and the movie is good, he's just not the target audience on this one.

This review seems to be more fair warning that the people that are the target audience for most of the genre stuff he reviews might find fault with this one because they really aren't this time. He's enjoyed other films that are basically the same power fantasy but with the mid-30s target instead of the low-50s (e.g. Captain America: TWS).

*sigh* We get it Bob, you think manly men are bad. An ape past its prime that you personally feel is ready to be replaced by the next evolution and die away.

OR, maybe they're just another demographic and you continually deriding them is little different from one of the preps in High School complaining about the goth kids or vice versa?

This kind of classism or groupism or whatever term for the prejudices you're wearing on your sleeve here is pretty insulting. Some people like manly power fantasy films and that's their prerogative. You aren't being forward thinking by dismissing them as something beneath you, it just looks like you're belittling them. Look, I don't like these kinds of movies just like I don't like horror movies. But I accept that other people do and can accept that there's enough space in this world for at least a modicum of coexistence where we're not constantly scoffing at one another any time our cultures coalesce. Sure, as children of the 80's we're often a bit softer than our parents were. My childhood self still sees the greys in my hair with bemusement at the idea that I'm fully grown. But there's plenty of people who've gone the other way. Who are the manly men and the dudebros. The jocks. They're not invalid people. They're not less deserving a culture than our own.

I imagine my dad would've laughed all the way through. On the other hand, his power fantasy spectrum were films like Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes.

Not that there is anything wrong with that. Nor with films like these. Moviebob is taking the piss, that doesn't mean he demands the lot of them banned. Everyone got a fantasy fulfillment genre somewhere, and having a laugh at its expense sometimes is a good way to enjoy them even more.

(Between you and me, the fact that it's such a raw and tender point is rather worrying...)

Is the, "That'll do," a good one or a bad one? ><

Muspelheim:
I imagine my dad would've laughed all the way through. On the other hand, his power fantasy spectrum were films like Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes.

Not that there is anything wrong with that. Nor with films like these. Moviebob is taking the piss, that doesn't mean he demands the lot of them banned. Everyone got a fantasy fulfillment genre somewhere, and having a laugh at its expense sometimes is a good way to enjoy them even more.

(Between you and me, the fact that it's such a raw and tender point is rather worrying...)

Tender point for whom though? I'm just confused as to why he has felt the need to go after certain groups so doggedly for awhile now. I'm not sure the dads are out to get him. It's like he spends the entire review on how archaic and out of touch this group is and then ends it with, "The movie was fun though" indicating that he liked it, but just wanted to "take the piss" as you say at this one group for no discernible reason. I just don't get it. I don't watch horror movies and complain about horror movie fans before admitting I liked the movie. That would be like admitting that I'm one of them after having trashed them for five minutes. Is Bob a dad? Maybe he is part of the group? Haha, that'd be a decent "joke on us" scenario. He has expressed enjoyment for a lot of 80's nostalgia and these power roles are a nice throw back for those types.

Bob comes off extra douchey this week. He seems to have enjoyed the movie, but I get the sense he felt like he needed to protect his "cred" and so tried to get snooty about it. Do't be afraid, Bob!

Tomtitan:
I came here to the comments to see a TF2 reference. (Or at least a Korra one.)

I was disappointed.

Poor show, Escapist commenters.

Except Denzel is less likely to punch your arms and legs in a manner that turns them to noodles, and more likely to just punch your head off.

Jim_Callahan:
He's enjoyed other films that are basically the same power fantasy but with the mid-30s target instead of the low-50s (e.g. Captain America: TWS).

Not entirely sure how Captain America:TWS is a power fantasy, much less one that relates to Bob or his age group.

I like "Dad Movies", but I'm not a Dad...

Gerardo Vazquez:

Jim_Callahan:
He's enjoyed other films that are basically the same power fantasy but with the mid-30s target instead of the low-50s (e.g. Captain America: TWS).

Not entirely sure how Captain America:TWS is a power fantasy, much less one that relates to Bob or his age group.

That's because it isn't.

I couldn't have been the only person who said "'The hell was that!" at the Jupiter Rising clip. I mean seriously, "?"

Hmm I know plenty of people who are you younger than me (I'm 33) and have 4 kids so it's a film for them?

Sorry Bob but you are in your mid 30's, you are a middle age guy at least according to all the 18-25 year olds were I
work (as they like to remind me).

The correct term for this if your father likes it is an OAP movie.

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