So, it’s been awhile! As I’m staring at a blank white page on Microsoft Word, I feel like I’m looking into the face of an old friend I’ve run into at the grocery store. Only less awkward. Since my last blog post, a lot has changed. And by a lot, I mean that I have managed to see pretty much every movie that is currently in theaters. In the spirit of extended metaphors, I came up with a new game to try out that I called “The Ice cream in my Grocery Cart is Melting so I Have to Make this Quick”. (Yes, I also need to work on how to make titles concise.) As I hope this obscenely long title predicts, I am going to attempt to give you my thoughts on each of these movies as if we were talking in the soup aisle and your Cherry Garcia ice cream bars were slowly turning into chocolate glop (which would probably still taste good, but that’s beside the point). I’m making up the rules as I go, so bear with me.
“Hey so I saw this movie called Les Miserables the other day…”
While many critics have been well, critical of Les Mis, I really thought Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe carried the movie with both their singing and acting. I liked how they filmed the singing live instead of recording each track beforehand because it made the movie seem more musical-esque and gave me a new appreciation for actors and actresses. For such a big project, I thought director Tom Hooper did I great job of making it his own, and kept my interest despite the film’s 157-minute length.
“Have you seen The Hobbit? Because I thought…”
Even though I have never read any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books (I know I know, the horror!), I still was able to keep up with everything that was going on, which was a plus. Bilbo Baggins, played by British actor Martin Freeman who is also in one of my favorite shows, Sherlock, was a loveable leading hero that made the long journey seem worth following. And by long, I mean light years long. While I thought the storyline was entertaining, it scares me that this movie was 169 minutes long and Bilbo Baggins and crew are only one-third of the way done with their epic journey.
“Jennifer Lawrence totally deserves all the hype for The Silver Linings Playbook…”
Although I have to say that I am still more attached to Katniss Evergreen, Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Tiffany in this movie is definitely worth all of the Oscar-buzz that it’s getting. You would think that in the world of Rom Coms, there would be a limit on the number of movies that could be produced and still have unique story lines. However, The Silver Linings Playbook convinced me that new movie ideas are an unlimited resource fueling the movie industry. Silver Linings made the recurring love story unique once again, with just the right combination of sour and sweet, drama and comedy.
“Zero Dark Thirty was so intense…”
Now become typical of a Kathryn Bigelow production, Zero Dark Thirty had you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The explosions were loud, the suspense was high, and even though everyone knows how it ends, the ending was phenomenally complex. While I wished I were given more reason to become attached to our leading lady, Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty lacked the backstory that normally keeps non-action-movie people like me sitting through an action movie. However, Bigelow’s approach to the capture of Osama Bin Laden was brilliant in that it left me wondering whether or not CIA Agent Maya was satisfied at the end of her twelve-year manhunt, and indirectly whether or not we should be satisfied as well.
“I definitely cried in The Impossible…”
Out of all the movies I saw over break, I have to say that The Impossible moved me the most. Of course, how could you not with a story about a family in the wake of the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami triumphing over horrific circumstances? Although Naomi Watts is up for the Oscar’s Best Actress award, I thought her co-star, sixteen-year-old Tom Holland, was the reason that I would recommend the film to any true movie lover. Even though I was sitting in the comfort of the pitch-black movie theater, Holland and his big brown eyes made me feel exactly what he was feeling. Never have I so fervently rooted for a character to find resolution. However, when I recommend this movie, I also have to caution those who have weak stomachs (but nonetheless are still true movie lovers), to eat light before this film. Part of The Impossible’s charm is how un-charming the aftermath of this tragedy really was.
MOVIES WATCHED: 19
SCREENPLAY PAGES WRITTEN: 44
NOVEL PAGES WRITTEN: 73