Elektra Luxx Reviews
Elektra Luxx has its moments, but the overriding reaction is "Why?" Not only did its predecessor not merit a sequel by anyone's standards, but this is a forgettable film briefly buoyed by lines and energetic performances.
Offbeat, and powered by a game cast, but also full of spun-off asides and backstories that aren't smoothly integrated into the final product, or made to have forward-reaching consequences.
While I admired the acting, it just never really came together into a cohesive whole that I could appreciate, but it's still an interesting, laudable attempt at making something different.
Carla Gugino and Joseph Gordon-Levitt perform superhuman work trying to keep this mess together, but can only do so much when faced with such arbitrarily plotted nonsense.
Gugino and the rest of the mostly female cast clearly savor the chance to strip and swear in a free-play environment, which is a nice way of saying the film is hopelessly flabby and lacks coherence.
I loved the film's humor and subversive attitude. The entire cast is fantastic, with (Julianne) Moore's brief appearance (as the Virgin Mary) a particularly nice touch.
The whole thing feels too sketchy, too tossed-off, to hang together as a movie. But as a TV series - on HBO, Starz, Showtime or even FX - this material might actually work.