Saturday, March 6, 2004
Two movies open in Lawrence this week, and only one is based on a 1970s television show.
That would be "Starsky and Hutch," which puts funnymen Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the roles that turned David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser into pop culture footnotes. Fortunately, the buddy-cop comedy has the natural charm of these two amusing actors, because otherwise it's just another ill-conceived TV adaptation with more emphasis on winking at the viewer than actually entertaining him.
Also opening is "Hidalgo," which finds "Lord of the Rings" star Viggo Mortensen tackling another epic hero ... and another horse. This time he's cowboy Frank T. Hopkins, who in 1890 was the first American to take part in a fabled race across the Arabian desert known as the "Ocean of Fire."