Welcome To Mooseport was this week's movie. My buddy Paul and I went to go see it after work one night.
It was a fun little movie, but as with almost all movies, there were a few gripes as well. First off - Gene Hackman is one of the most talented actors out there right now, in my opinion. He is very well-rounded, can play almost any sort of roll, and has no problems convincing the audience of his character.
Ray Romano, however, is not. I'm sure a lot of you like his sitcom "Everyone Loves Raymon" or whatever the name is; I do not. I just don't think he's funny. And in this part, he isn't even convincing.
His character was intended to be wishy-washy, bland, and someone that just doesn't take risks. I personally thought his performance was wishy-washy - a wishy-washy actor trying to play a wishy-washy character, and it wasn't convincing. His character had no strength, no presence, nothing at all. I'm fairly sure that his character could have been played just as well by a potted plant.
Now don't get me wrong - I liked the movie. I just did not like Romano. He just isn't a strong enough actor to .. well .. act. But, Hackman and that foxy little movie girlfriend of his carried the show for him, so be thankful of that.