So I've seen three movies in the last month that I thought were worthy of reviews. Two are new, one is a little older but I just got around to renting it. So here are my reviews of Up, The Proposal, and Seven Pounds:
Up. In a word, "cute." It's Pixar, so of course it will be a creative, well-written, charming movie. I can't say this was my favorite Pixar ever, but it was definitely cute. I think the character that stole the show was neither of the main characters, but the big bird-creature in South America. And the dogs with the human speech collars...well, that was ingenius. It gives you a glimpse into what dogs would talk about if they could use our words. As for the 3-D option, don't bother. It's not traditional 3-D, with the blue and red glasses. Only a few of the scenes are actully in 3-D. I spent most of the movie with my horribly uncomfortable glasses (which don't fit children, by the way...what were they thinking???) off. Only for a few scenes did the 3-D turn on and I had to wear the glasses to get the full effect. And the full effect was, to be honest, only about half full. Or would that be half empty? It didn't pop out of the screen and come at you like you expect 3-D to do. It was more of a really sharp, clear picture with a bit more roundness to the objects. Honestly, just go see the regular version. You'll like it and you won't have to deal with the awful glasses. I give this movie 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
The Proposal. I have to admit, the commercials for this movie did nothing for me. I thought, "Oh wait. I've seen this movie before. A couple of times. Mix together Sanda Bullock's movie Two Weeks Notice with Green Card and you get The Proposal." But I won free tickets, and so I went. And I have to say I was actually pleasantly surprised. The dialogue wasn't as trite as I'd expected, Ryan Renolds did a suberb job both of acting and looking hot, and there were quite a few funny parts where I laughed out loud. Far more than I'd expected from this movie and worth going to see if you like light romantic comedies. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Seven Pounds. This is a movie that looked interesting to me when it first came out and then I didn't hear anything more about it. It seemed to stay a very short time in the theaters. When I saw it at the video store, I was intrigued, so I checked it out. But Big Daddy told me when I got home that it had gotten terrible reviews and was supposed to be very confusing. So I went into it with pretty low expectations. And I have to say, I liked it better than I expected to. In fact, I'm surprised so many people hated it. Yes, there is a bit of enigma in the first 1/3 or 1/2 of the movie because there is a twist. They can't reveal it too soon or it will lose its punch. So the viewer has to suspend her curiosity for a while, wondering how the events are going to be pieced together eventually. But once they are, the movie all falls into place and becomes a lot more satsifying. The end of the movie also got a lot of flack from critics. It's a controversial ending, it's true. It isn't necessarily a fairly tail ending like you get in Hollywood a lot. But I like that sometimes. It's nice to have a movie make you think and depict people who might make different choices than you would. Or to present you with philosophical ideas to chew on. This one definitely did that. It was somewhat dreary at times, but I still give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen any good movies lately, or are there any you are looking forward to?