Posted by: Joe Eds | June 23, 2010

God Bless A.O. Scott

Recently, I saw a charming little movie about two characters, opposites in temperament and outlook, hostile at the start, who gradually learned not only to find delight in each other, but also to appreciate how much they had in common. This film is whimsical, inventive, crammed with visual virtuosity and six minutes long. It’s called Day and Night, the Pixar short that precedes Toy Story 3.

I mention it to avoid confusion with Knight and Day, a picture that is in every conceivable respect the opposite of Day and Night. A loud, seemingly interminable, and altogether incoherent entry in the preposterous and proliferating “action-comedy” genre, it stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as a pair of hastily sketched cartoon characters hurtling from plane crash to car chase to further car, helicopter and motorcycle chases, one involving stampeding bulls.

– the opening of A.O. Scott’s review of Knight and Day. I haven’t seen it, so can’t comment. But I did see the very enjoyable Toy Story 3, and the short that precedes it. Neither is Pixar’s best work, it’s not in the same league as last summer’s Up. And I’ll assume Knight and Day isn’t in the same league as Romancing the Stone.


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