March 22, 2012

Movies in a Minute

MC and I don't have movie channels with our cable and we only keep up with a couple of shows. After the kids are tucked in, it's our time to snuggle on the couch and park it in front of the TV. If we don't have anything on the DVR to watch, we rent movies from the RedBox at our grocery store. We do this quite frequently and I've found I just can't seem to keep up with reviewing all the ones we watch so I've decided to take a cue from the cable companies and "bundle". The movies that really stand out to me--either really good or really bad--I will take the time to review separately, but the rest will all be lumped together and given a cursory review. My movie reviews aren't really the most popular feature of my blog anyway so I don't imagine any of you will be complaining.

Colombiana starring Zoe Saldana as a woman who witnessed her parents being gunned down by Colombian drug lords as a child. After seeking asylum in the U.S., she spends the next 10 years or so being trained by her uncle to be a ruthless assassin. She sets out systematically taking down members of the cartel in order to get the attention of the one who was responsible for her parents' death and then getting her revenge. And revenge is the sum total of the movie's plot. I, of course, like seeing a woman kicking a** and taking names. The problem is, she is putting her entire family at risk with what she's doing and the closer she gets to her goal, the more she starts to unravel. This is not a feel good movie; it's dark, dirty and depressing. What does it say about me that I still enjoyed it? (***)

Friends With Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Can we just all agree that Kunis is gorgeous? As for Timberlake, the more I see him on the big screen, the more I wonder how he has earned a reputation as a hottie? He's like the sweet geek in the cubicle next door. That being said, they make an attractive, fun, believable pair as friends in NY who decide to try the whole "friends with benefits" set up. Surely they are mature enough that it will work for them, right? Um, does it ever? Imagine their surprise to discover the other person actually has depth and hidden layers. Imagine our surprise to discover they are developing feelings for each other. I know, it's predictable, but, then again, most movies are anymore. At least it's fun and entertaining in the meantime. I enjoyed seeing Jenna Elfman on the screen again and Richard B. Jenkins as Timberlake's dad never fails to deliver a great performance. (****)

Horrible Bosses starring Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day as the beleaguered employees and Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston as their bosses, respectively. Three friends who are absolutely miserable at work hatch a plot to murder each other's bosses so that their lives will instantly improve. They are scammed by an ex-con (Jamie Foxx), bungle through the planning and totally botch their recon attempts--and this is all before things actually turn bad. With Sudeikis, Bateman and Day at the helm, things can only go downhill--and they do. Hilariously. My thoughts as I watched this? Aniston needs to be given the chance to do more comedy, Farrell is just way to pretty to look like he does in this movie, and Bateman is always underrated. Their "well-laid" plans unravel completely but I laughed so hard at all the bumbling and freaking out. And as I've mentioned before, the older I get, the lower my movie I.Q. gets. (****)

The Hangover Part 2 (Before I begin, be sure to re-read the last line of the previous review.) starring the same crew as the first--Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha. The whole gang converge in Thailand for Helms' wedding. No Bachelor Party this time though--they learned their lesson. So how does a quiet night around a beach bonfire end with them waking up in a seedy motel room in Bangkok--with Helms' future brother-in-law missing? It's the same set up as the first--they have to unravel what happened the night before while not remembering a single thing. The only clues they have are a Tyson facial tattoo for Helms, a shaved head for Galifianakis, a monkey and the re-appearance of Ken Jeong (who, frankly, scares me a little). If you liked the first, you will like the second. They pretty much rely on the saying "If it ain't broke..." and it works. Yes, it is absolutely inconceivable that this type of thing could happen again--both the plot repeat and the fact that they've made a sequel that's just as funny as the original, but they succeed on both accounts. (*****)

1 comment:

  1. I want to see Horrible Bosses. I wasn't so happy with Hangover 2. And you are right about Ken J. He is super scary.