I went on a movie watching spree and just haven’t had the time to write reviews for every single one. So here is a quick recap of what I thought of each movie!
This is a pretty typical Woody Allen film. Not your average comedy. Similar to Vicky Cristina Barcelona in that it is more depressing and pathetic and you can’t help but laugh about the ridiculousness of the characters. Cate Blanchett is incredible. Within five minutes I was already handing her the Best Actress Oscar in my mind. Just spectacular. Her performance is worth the two hours alone. Some people were disappointed with this film. They expected a laugh out loud romp for the full two hours. This is not the comedy you are hoping for.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
I went to see this expecting something as bad as Twilight. The only reason I went to see it (other than it being free) was for Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human U.K.) who thankfully wasn’t only in it for two minutes, but was rather a very prominent character. I have not read the book, but after seeing the movie, I plan to. This was far more fun than I anticipated. Yes, it had stupid parts. Really cheesy romantic crap. However, that was not the focus and there were probably a total of three scenes that focused on it. For the rest of the movie…….it was more like the creators of Harry Potter, Lara Croft, and Underworld all got together and adopted a child, who then created this movie. It had all the supernatural elements that people who watch those movies like. Vampires, werewolves, demons, witches, hot warlock dudes with tattoos. The story was interesting and I actually gave a crap about the characters. It had some great action and special effects. Not the greatest movie ever made, but not the worst. I’d see it again.
Having worked for Ashton Kutcher in the past, I was extremely nervous for him taking on this role. Yes, I had my doubts. I almost didn’t see it because I was so nervous for him. However something told me I needed to go see it to show my support. Boy was I wrong! This movie was awesome and I couldn’t believe how great Ashton was as Steve Jobs. I thought perhaps I was just being bias, but everyone else who came out of the theater was saying the same thing. This is definitely the best role of his career. People really need to give him a chance before criticizing. I’m not saying we should start polishing Oscars for it, but it was a great film. Not perfect and at times it seemed like it tried a little too hard, but it was great for the rest of the time. I even cried at the end. I think this is an important movie for young folks to watch. If it doesn’t give you the inspiration to go out and achieve your dreams, then I don’t know what will. I highly recommend this one!
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
This one took two viewings for me to fully appreciate it. And I do. I really do. While this was a terrific movie, I don’t think it will or deserves to sweep the Oscars this year. It was a great history lesson and beautifully executed, but not mind blowing. It felt more like a made for TV movie that HBO would show. That isn’t bad. It just isn’t Oscar worthy. Oprah and Forest are phenomenal, but I feel like the script did not allow for them to really shine. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is totally worth spending money on to see in theaters, but there was just something about it that was underwhelming to me, and this is one of my favorite times in history. If it makes any difference, everyone else I have talked to absolutely loved it and cried buckets and has probably seen it twice. Even I’ve seen it twice. So there you go.