Straw Dogs Movie Review


Straw Dogs stars James Marsden (X-Men) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) as a writer and actress. Heading back to her home town for some rest and relaxation while he must finish his next screenplay. Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) plays the ex-football star hometown hero, Bosworth’s ex-boyfriend, and leader of the ‘straw dogs’. Finishing up the stars is James Woods who does an incredible job (as always) as the retired football coach, turned town pain in the ass.
At first Marsden and Bosworth do a good job portraying the upper class couple who clearly enjoy the finer things in life. Coming back to her small town of Blackwater, somewhere in the deep south, is quite the news since her appearances on television. Marsden is clearly not comfortable with the way the people act, but really tries to fit in to make her happy. As the movie goes on, the lack of communication between the two diminishes.You as the viewer see both sides of the situation, and it becomes frustrating trying to understand why they can’t see the situations each other are now in.

Skarsgard continues to be type cast as a villain (as seen in True Blood), but it makes sense because he does such an incredible job at it. Every scene with him makes the viewer uncomfortable, and you really have to hold back from wanting to kick him in the teeth.

This movie wasn’t nearly as good as i wanted it to be. I wasn’t convinced that Marsden was the dweeb he was supposed to be playing. Something about him playing a superhero for 3 movies and the continued shots of his physicality throughout the film painted a different picture for me. I could see him kicking Skarsgard’s ass. So when the fight goes down I looked at it as much more of a fair fight then rooting for the underdog. I’m giving this movie 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls, although i may be being generous with one of those because of the acting of James Woods and Alexander Skarsgard.

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