Friday, April 04, 2008

Movie Update

First off, I have to admit to having fallen into the Veronica Mars trap. . .

I have heard SO many people rave about the show over the last few years, and for some reason I always just blew them off. I don't know why. I loved Nancy Drew as a kid, and I certainly loved Alias. . .

Anyway, Melissa bought the first 2 seasons and we started watching. . . (we're most of the way through season 1, and now Ben is catching up with us, so I'm watching it a second time) And I have to admit, I love it. It's brilliant. And Kristin Bell is amazing. (Even if Heroes was less than impressive this season, you have to admit the scene with her in the car with her arm in a sling and the slurpee. . . GENIUS!)

Anyway. . . Movies. I'm going to update so this isn't so long this time.

first, Martian Child. I wanted to love it. I really really did. I have great huge piles of love in my heart for anything John Cusack. He's been on my list for. . . pretty much ever. And he just gets more brilliant. That said, the writing in this movie was less than stellar. The cast was really truly charming, but the movie sort of fell on it's face anyway.


I was pleasantly surprised with this movie, in a lot of ways. I was convinced that Anne Hathaway's accent would annoy me (it didn't) and that the movie would be too much like Pride & Prejudice (it wasn't). That said, it was really pretty depressing. . . It was about Jane Austen. I wanted it to end like one of her novels. . . why else do we watch the sappy period piece? I know. I know. It didn't really end that way. But seriously, no one knows what ACTUALLY happened.

Also, I like James MacAvoy. In this and the next movie. I'm glad he's working. Which doesn't actually matter, I just thought I'd say it.

EVERYONE had told me this was a great movie. It was nominated for, and won, a ton of awards. And it's not that I didn't like it. . . I just felt like there were certain aspects of it that really pulled me out. Not the least of which was the use of my least favorite word in the world several times in the first few minutes of the movie. Even though it was just typed, and not uttered aloud, I flinched every time. I know that was the point. I get it. It just threw me, and kept me from loving the movie from very early on. It was out of place, and i don't like that kind of incongruity. . . I actually think I'll watch it again before I return it. I kept getting distracted the first time through, and i think it deserves a real viewing. . .

3 comments:

Nick said...

i NEED!! to borrow veronica mars. i've only seen two episodes and i love it. put me on the list for next :)

emily said...

I ABSOLUTELY agree on Atomement. That word was the only reason it failed, in my opinion. It wasn't artistic, wasn't necessary, and really off-put me to the rest of the film.

Too bad... it had potential!

Stef said...

I am a hard-core Veronica Mars fan!! You are going to LOVE season 2, but prepare to be sad...it only has three seasons.