Prose and Cons

More reasons to read David Edelstein, even when reviewing obvious duds like Jumper:

Jumper is so in sync with the language of modern action movies that it’s possible to look past its soullessness and go with the quantum flow. Jump-cuts are the rule in thrillers like The Bourne Identity (which Liman directed). Here, the faster and choppier Liman gets, the truer he is to his hyperkinetic premise. Fisticuffs begin on one continent, continue on another, and end in a third: It’s Around the World in Eighty Blows.

Anthony Lane may have the sharpest wit in film criticism, but, as I’ve said before and will keep on repeating to the end, Edelstein has the most fantastic prose — even when I don’t agree with him.