Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Yep, I Saw Some Movies Over Break

Each year, I take a few days off around Christmas. It gives me a chance to relax, spend time with my family and have some "TommyMac" time. Inevitably, there are long stretches of time where I don't have much to do, so, to pass the time, I rent a movie or pester Jason to go out to the cinema with me. Here are a few quick reviews of some of the movies I saw over my break:

  • Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law had a great dynamic and it's refreshing to see a take on the Watson that doesn't have him acting like a clueless chump. Some folks have complained that this version of Holmes is much too gritty. Well, 19th Century London was driven by the coal industry, so it's pretty freaking gritty in its own right. Jude Law himself deserves an Oscar for making me forget that I was actually watching Jude Law for once. Downey is great as usual and, for the first time I can remember, I didn't hate a movie that Rachel McAdams was in. This was both intelligent and fun. Can't wait for the sequel. Here's hoping for Brad Pitt as Moriarty.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Squeakquel: I took my daughter to see this. The plot makes no sense. Casting the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, and Amy Poehler when they're going to sound unrecognizable as chipmunks makes no sense. Casting Jason Lee and hardly using him in the movie makes no sense. Then again, the concept of singing chipmunks makes no sense. The movie reminds me of an episode of the Chipmunks show from the 80's, so I guess it wasn't all bad. Thankfully, the movie was very short. My daughter liked it but couldn't articulate what she liked about it.
  • Live Free Or Die Hard: The appeal of the first three movies is that you've got an ordinary guy caught up in extraordinary circumstances. I didn't get that vibe with this one. I couldn't even sit through it. I turned it off about 45 minutes into it.
  • District 9: Intelligent, engaging, thoughtful and even fun. This is what sci-fi is meant to be. I liked this a lot despite finding the main character more than slightly annoying.
  • Star Trek: Even on the small screen, this movie is a steaming pile of space turd. It's over-pumped with action, short on story, heavy on lens flares, contains plot holes large enough to fly a starship through and is all style with little substance. No longer is James T. Kirk called upon to be Captain of the Enterprise because he was the best man for the job. No, in this version of Star Trek, Kirk sits in the Captain's chair because it's his destiny. Pine and Quinto do a great job with what they are given, but what they are given is flimsy.
  • The Darjeeling Limited: Sometimes, I think Wes Anderson puts out crap like this just to see if anybody is paying attention to him anymore. The only good thing about this movie is that it made me appreciate Rushmore all the more.
  • Terminator Salvation: I don't think it's as bad as everyone said it was. Christian Bale and Sam Worthington chewing the scenery isn't the wost thing that has ever happened in a Terminaor movie. The digital inclusion of Arnold as the T-800 was worth the rental. At the very least, this movie made me forget all about the travesty that was Terminator III.
  • The Hangover: I saw this in the theater when it first came out and bought it on DVD the day it was released. It's a definite "guy" movie and, unlike most comedies in that genre, it actually holds up to subsequent viewings.
  • Night At The Museum II: I actually liked the first one, and I liked the way Amy Adams looked in aviator pants in this one, but that's about it. The end sequence with the Wright Brothers' plane took me right out of the movie. I'll accept a mystical totem that brings inanimate objects to life. I'll accept a hot looking Emilia Earhart. I'll accept that Ben Stiller's character is a genius inventor. I will not, however, accept that the Wright flyer was capable of aerial acrobatics or even capable of transporting two people.

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to see Sherlock Holmes!! Kudos to The Hangover, Star Trek and double kudos to District 9. Had no interest in Terminator Salvation or the Live Free or Die Hard. The Squeakquel, well, Liam's not with me, so no interest there.. lol. I have the Hurt Locker downstairs. Going to watch that tomorrow night. Can't wait... heard it was excellente!!