Saturday, March 03, 2007

Choc top anyone?

It's been a big year for movies this year. So far I've been to the movies 6 times. I suspect that is more times than I went last year. I really enjoy the experience of going to the movies, and even more now, that most cinemas have the liftable armrests so I can snuggle. Is that just me?

I thought I'd actually make the effort to write what I thought about some of them, so that I don't forget. I wonder too, if I'll think of them differently if I see them again on DVD.

Music and Lyrics
I'm a sucker for a romantic comedy, and Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore are two of my faves. Hugh Grant is a disturbingly good 80's hair band pop star and just revels in some of the dancing and performing he does. He has that glint in his eye that says he isn't taking it seriously, but he is having a damn good time doing it. Lots to giggle at, and I had fun, even if the boy was so tired he kept yawning, even while he laughed.

Man, Jennifer Hudson can sing. Every time she opened her mouth she blew me away. I got a bit annoyed by the breaking into song mid conversation though - that was getting really annoying. I know that moving a musical from the stage to the screen can be just a little awkward (anyone else see the movie Hair? bad, just wrongtown) but they did a pretty good job. I just wished that the conversation/singing was a little more seamless. Eddie Murphy did a stellar job - I really enjoy watching actors move out of their comfort zone and doing something different. I suspect this is the only Eddie Murphy movie I'll be seeing this year - might skip Norbit. The last Eddie Murphy movie that had him playing multiple characters that I enjoyed was Coming to America.

The Pursuit of Happyness
OK, happyness is spelt wrong and really annoyed me. I understand why, but I don't have to like it. It still gave us one of the best exchanges of the movie. Run, Will Smith, run. Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (to give him his full & credited name) was just adorable, and totally lit up the screen. The father/son relationship was really strong, and I think the movie did really benefit from the real life relationship of the Smiths. Damn Will Smith is one of those very likable actors, but he managed in this film to stop me remembering that he is Will Smith. Last time he did that for me was Ali. So nice not to see a film where the lead actor isn't just being the lead actor.

Miss Potter
I need to say upfront that I really don't like Renee Zellweger. There is something about her that just really annoys me, I don't know what it is, it could be a completely irrational thing, but I just don't like her. Gwyneth Paltrow has the same effect. Shame really, because they both star in some of my favourite movies. I was really looking forward to seeing this - I loved Beatrix Potter books when I was a kid, and thought she had done amazing things buying up huge chunks of England and bequeathing them to the National Trust to protect them from development. I was disappointed that the movie didn't mention the way that she learnt the anatomy - I was always fascinated that she would boil the corpses of animals so that she could study the skeletons. I really wanted to see Renee Zellweger doing that. Yes, I'm twisted. I'm always happy to see some Ewan McGregor on the big screen too. Confession time, I cried at one point.

The Queen
Helen Mirren deserved every award she got for this film. I suspect that it will find its way into media studies courses within the next 5 years too. I really hope that the editors get all the awards they deserve for this too - they did a masterful job. I was intrigued that anyone would have the temerity to create a film around the Queen's reaction to the death of Princess Diana. After watching it, I really wanted to know if anyone in the royal family had their press secretary co-operate with the film makers - at deep throat level of course. I cried in this one too - not as much as I did watching the funeral first time around though.

Charlotte's Web
Better for DVD. Fern didn't need a boyfriend. I really thought we were going to have the whole cinema to ourselves until a family came in during the ads. Weird. It was good, but it didn't blow me away.

Casino Royale
This one gets a special mention - it was nearly this year when I saw it. Daniel Craig = very yummy Bond. I would have liked tighter editing towards the end of the film - it dragged a bit and didn't add a huge amount to the story. About 25 minutes could have been compressed into 5 with no impact. The stunts were spectacular, and everything you expect from a Bond film.

Movies I'm looking forward to seeing this year
Bridge to Terabithia, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (mmm, Alan Rickman, and yes, I will cry), The Simpsons Movie, Shrek the Third, Man of the Year, Meet the Robinsons, Razzle Dazzle, Scoop, The Good German, Bobby

Movies I've missed and need to see on DVD
Little Miss Sunshine, Happy Feet, The Devil wears Prada, Marie Antoinette.

What movies have you seen and recommend? What don't you recommend? What are you hanging out to see?


jellyhead said...

Hiya! Love the movie reviews - very helpful thanks! We seem to have similar taste, from what you've said about the movies we've both seen.

I've seen Casino Royale (made me laugh - the stunts were so outrageous and unbelievable! - typical Bond and better than the previous one by a mile), Charlotte's Web (yeah, s'ok, nowhere near as wonderful as the book of course) and The Pursuit of happyness (I LOVED this. Sweet but not sickly, great message, and like you said, such good acting, hey?)

I have also seen Little Miss Sunshine which I loved. Just expect quirky, oddball and whatever you do don't take it seriously. My grumpy old man husband's response was - "They're are all so *dysfunctional*". (Yeah, duh! It's a movie, stop being so serious!)

I saw The Devil Wears Prada by default (there was a long line and we missed the start of another movie). It was entertaining enough but nothing memorable. I wouldn't rave about it. If your boy is completely uninterested in clothes/fashion/grooming (like my husband) then you may wish to watch it with a girlfriend!

I seem to have written an essay here, so I'll shut up now. I hope you haven't been too lonesome this weekend. Think of it as lots of ME time!

I'm off to watch Grey's Anatomy ... tragic but true!

Have a great Monday (no really, I'm sure it's possible)

:) Jelly

Lucy said...

wow you've seen a lot this year! I have only been once this year to see Ghost Rider with my son- Trust me- YOu will want to skip it, even on dvd!
I did see Little Miss Sunshine and Yes I highly recommend it. Others I liked on dvd( which you've probably already seen too)- The Illusionist, The Departed and I can't remember the others! :)

velvet girl said...

I haven't been to the cinema in months and months and months. We have to survive on DVD's, but unfortunately, my husband does many of the movie picks. Sigh.

Sounds like you've seen some good films, though. I want to see The Queen, Little Miss Sunshine, Pursuit of Happyness (that bugs me, too) and would like to see Music and Lyrics if it weren't about a middle aged guy getting a young girl (as I mentioned on my blog) lol

I also wanted to see Children of Man (or is it Men?), but that's mostly because I think that Clive Owen is delish.

Oh, and Renee Zellweger is more of a miss than a hit with me... I'm not really that much of a fan. I thought she was pretty good in Chicago, though.

Hair? Some musicals really do belong only on stage. ;)


thisisme said...

Funny thing about Music and Lyrics - Drew Barrymore is 32, and Hugh Grant is in his mid 40's, yet she played mid 20's - yet 32 and mid 40's doesn't seem so bad, even in the midst of your crisis. I wish she didn't have to play younger though - 32 isn't a bad thing.