In yesterday’s Egg, I mentioned I was looking for a fight.
Today, I found one.
I am going to defend — almost a year after it hit theatres — the critical and audience pounding of the action film Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
It’s available on HBO OnDemand right now. (I assume that means it’s available on Netflix as well.)
I saw it in the theatre last summer and really liked it. I remember being surprised that the reviews were so lackluster. A quick visit to RottenTomatoes.com confirmed the movie was 53 percent fresh — not awful, but not great.
What was even more surprising was that the audience felt the same, judging the movie 52 percent fresh.
I’ve already watched it twice OnDemand, and I respectfully disagree.
Tom Cruise is at his action star best in this film, but the action is purposefully over-the-top, making it one of his best comedic performances. Snaps to Tom for being willing to make fun of a genre that has been his bread and butter.
Cameron Diaz is the perfect foil for Cruise, too. She has the energy and the presence to match him shot for shot. Even when she is in damsel in distress mode, she is his equal on-screen.
The movie uses a lot of CGI to make the impossible possible. Again, I found that as funny as the rest of the comedy in this film. Maybe 48 percent of the audience members didn’t get the joke.
But you will. I know it.
And if you don’t…we can just fight about it some more.