Be Kind Rewind
(with a Catholic point-of-view)
The world’s best film critic, Steven D. Greydanus, has a review up for the new Jack Black & Mos Def flick, Be Kind Rewind. He gives it a grade of B; and he gives it a +1 on the Morality/Spirituality Scale.
The comedy is about a couple of video store owners who have to resort to filming their own versions of popular movies that people want to rent. Soon, their knock-off versions (which are passed as “Swedish” re-makes) are so popular they can’t keep up with demand.
Be Kind is escapist fantasy, but its escapism is self-consciously so; the hardness of the world lightly papered over, but not really covered up or forgotten. “Our history belongs to us — we can change it if we want to,” someone goes so far as to say at one point. But Be Kind never forgets that there are limits to what we can change, realities we can’t remake, erase or rewind.
What we can do… is be kind.
A few instances of crass sexual references and body-function humor; a few depictions of vandalism; brief minor profanity.
Here’s the trailer:
To be honest, I don’t particularly care for Jack Black or many of his movies. However, I do respect Steven Greydanus’ reviews. If he says it’s pretty good, I trust it. If you go see the movie, let us know in the combox whether or not it’s worth it.