Dare Daniel: Cage Match – Round 6
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2011; Dir.: John Madden) – Episode 129
“It’s a beautifully designed vehicle with no engine.”
Daniel and Corky lose their zest for life after watching the badly miscast Nicolas Cage play the titular hero of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Despite the beautiful locale and an impressive cast, we’re never given a compelling reason to care about any element of this tedious and soulless awards-grubber. Even the mandolin doesn’t matter!
Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss patricide humor, unintentional chemistry and mandolin perverts.
CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN FACTS & FIGURES
U.S. theatrical debut: Aug. 17, 2011
Worldwide box office: $62 million (production budget: $57 million)
Critics scores: 28 on Rotten Tomatoes; 36 on Metacritic
IMDB synopsis: “When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.”
This week’s referenced movies: Trespass; Jiu Jitsu; Sonny; Vampire’s Kiss; Shakespeare in Love; Legends of the Fall; Braveheart; The Cider House Rules; The English Patient; The Man for All Seasons; Catch-22; The Handmaiden; The Red Violin; American Psycho; Batman movies; All Quiet on the Western Front; Cold Mountain; Dancin’: It’s On!; The Godfather Part II; When Harry Met Sally; The Steel Helmet; Cabaret; Scent of a Woman; Vanilla Sky; Revolution