Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Couple of Reviews

SR and I don't often rent movies, but this weekend, he ventured out to the local rental store and brought home a couple. Since I've been in a sort of funk lately, with nothing to say, I thought I'd just review these two movies for your reading pleasure. (Or pain) Kind of spoilers, so beware.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
I had no intention of ever watching this movie, but SR was so proud of himself for bringing it home. He even asked the clerk if she thought his wife would like it. Sweet man.
Actors: Brad (Eye Candy) Pitt as Benjamin and Cate Blanchett as Daisy. Hmmm, starting out weird if you ask me.
Story line: A child is born physically old. His emotions and mind are correct, just his body is wrong. As he grows, his body regresses as his mind grows normally.
He meets the love of his life somewhere around the time his mind is seven and she is actually that age. The acting in the first half of the movie is not believable to me. Neither one truly captures being young, nor has a good grasp of a true New Orleans accent. Later in the movie when they are both at the same age in mind and body, they hook up. From there the acting improves dramatically. Problem is, the story begins to decline. He grows younger as she grows older. By the end of the thing, I was so distraught that I wanted to go to my bedroom and sob. This movie is dark and depressing from beginning to end. I don't like unhappy endings, unless there is something redeeming about the sadness. This was just sad period. I give it a thumbs down and would not recommend seeing it.

Actors:Liam Neeson as Brian and Maggie Grace and his daughter, Kim.
Story line: Brian is an ex-government agent who's career cost him his family. As his daughter is turning 17, he tries to reconnect with her, but ex-wife is not very cooperative. Against his better judgement, he gives his consent to allow her a trip to France with another 17 year old friend. After they leave, he finds out she is actually on a trip to follow U2's tour. As soon as the two girls arrive in France, they are abducted by men in the sex trade business. The rest of the movie is filled with drama and energy. Even as you see Brian's fear and heartbreak, you feel it, but it doesn't overwhelm you. He moves heaven and earth to find and rescue her. Happy ending.
I give this movie a thumbs up and would recommend it.


LeLe said...

Glad you got to see some movies. We've had Juno at our house from Netflix for over a month now. Still need to watch it.

I've been wanting to see Taken. Glad you liked it.

Les said...

Matt and I recently watched both of those movies. I thought "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was okay, but I LOVED "Taken!"