This somnolence is the opposite of the overamped
By the mid-2000s, when he made his hysterically overamped
revenge thriller "Man on Fire" and his aggressively scuzzy bounty-hunter biopic "Domino," Scott had become a reliable punching bag for certain reviewers, who wrote him off as a purveyor of cheap, titillating thrills, pandering to the audience's
This production--especially Streep's overamped
performance--emphasizes the aspect of the play that dissatisfied Brecht himself: Courage's emotional appeal to the audience.
Stokes said that the rhetoric of some in the beer industry overamped
What started out in the 1960s as the overamped
rhythm and blues of the Yardbirds and the bad-trip acid rock of Iron Butterfly evolved in the hands of Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult into the metal behemoth of today.
Channeling David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" by way of 1917 China, this clever if overamped
thriller tackles themes of identity, honor and the latent killer instinct with a playful spirit that's never at odds with its underlying seriousness.
Apart from a few futuristic flourishes, the city's architecture feels classically metropolitan, with skyscrapers that allow for the sort of vertiginous, wrecking-ball set-pieces that recall the likes of "Spider-Man" and "King Kong." Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe's score offers a pleasing corrective to the overamped
sound system makes many of Larson's lyrics unintelligible, though this clearly is no problem for Rentheads, the legions of loyal young repeat customers whose vocal responses can be heard at any given perf.
That hypersensitivity to overamped
, undistinguished musicals even becomes the dramatic motivation for suicide in "'night, Mother." "I used to think that if there was just one great new musical opening, I could stay alive for that," Edie Falco (Megan Lewis) laments.
Complexity of historic, political and personal issues at play here are very well laid out in Terry Cafolla's nondidactic screenplay, though an occasional overamped
moment hammers home the point that's already obvious throughout: While everyone here is right and wrong to an extent, the biggest victims are those whose formative years are being shaped by fear and rage.
Up to this point frenetic comedy is giddily infectious, if occasionally overamped
. But script piles too many complications on an already heavy plate, and the abrupt shift to a seriocomic tenor lacks conviction.