Sunday, January 25, 2009

Movie Reviews

Rykert and I like to go to the movies. We don't go out to the bars and don't go out to expensive dinners (though we do eat out way more than we should), so we use our entertainment budget to see movies. We prefer seeing movies at the theatre to renting. And frankly, when the temperature is in the single digits, there is really nothing better to do. This weekend would be a prime example as we saw 2 movies, and just talked ourselves out of a third. Oscar time is nearing, so we have plenty to see. So here's this weekends reviews...

Slumdog Millionaire. I have been really looking forward to seeing this. I heard a short piece on NPR about this movie a few months ago before all of the hype, and I've been anxiously awaiting its arrival here in the sticks. Friday night was its first night in the Iowa City area and with last week's Oscar buzz, the theatre was crowded. Adding the crowds was the fact the theatre made a scheduling snafu, and the early show backed up into the late show creating a bit of chaos. The movie was fabulous. Perfectly scripted, directed, and filmed. And frankly it was at once tragic and heartwarming. We both loved it and I think everyone should see it. It really was that good. P.S. Stay for the credits.

Defiance. I really wanted to like this movie and we had been planning on seeing it since we saw a trailer last fall. But oh. It was so not good. It certainly wasn't the worst movie I've paid to see in the past few years (that honor would go to Superman Returns). But it was such an incredible story and piece of history that I expected more. The story has all the makings of a riveting, emotional rollercoaster, but I was, frankly, detached. I think the writer and directors were absent on that day in junior high where they teach about the basics of plot and storytelling. It felt like the movie was just going to go on and on, and was ripe with ridiculous cliche and really poor writing. The characters, based on real people, were obviously complex and interesting people, but developed so poorly that, as characters in a movie, I really didn't care what happened to them. That's hard to say. I think I would have rather read a book about the history rather than sit through that movie. In the end, the movie was a disservice to the people (and their surviving relatives) who lived the actual events. They deserved Spielberg. And, perhaps this puts me in the minority, but I really don't like Daniel Craig. Good looking? Yes. Mediocre actor, at best? Yes. Maybe it has to do with my distaste for Bond.

That's todays reviews. More to come as I still have a list of movies to see. The Wrestler and Rachel Getting Married are probably next.

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

I do want to see Slumdog Millionaire. My husband and I already watched Gran Torino and will probably see the Wrestler next.

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