In the last eight days I have seen not one, not two but four movies at the movie theatre. I’m pretty sure it’s my lifetime record. Two of the movies were with my kids, so it’s not like I was all footloose and fancy-free. Here are my pint-sized reviews in order of worst to best:
Terminator: Ugh. Although I’m not a huge fan of the explosion/robot genre, I do like a good apocalyptic tale. This, however, was lame. No, make that LAME. There was the barest wisp of a plot, and lots of odds and ends that made no sense. Add to that Christian Bale who apparently can only speak in a surly, extra-gravelly voice (think Batman) and one of the biggest set-ups for a sequel ever to be filmed and you have yourself one waste of a movie. Why did they even bother making this one?
Night at the Museum 2: Uh, yeah. If you saw the preview for this, you know exactly what it’s all about. If you liked the first one, here’s another two hours of the same. There are a few scenes where the artwork at the Smithsonian comes alive and it’s quite clever. And Amy Adams was darling as Amelia Earheart. Still, save your money and take your kids to see this at the dollar theatre.
The Brothers Bloom: Ooooh, I loved this. Quirky and offbeat and charming. A bit like The Royal Tenanbaums, but with a dash of suspense and action thrown in (and better clothes). This is probably not going to be at your local cinema, but it’s worth the trip downtown to see it.
Up: If you have little kids, this is a no-brainer. But I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this movie. I’m not a crier, but this movie had me in tears in the first fifteen minutes. And at the end. And in the middle. But it’s also funny and clever. This movie is a real treasure. The highest compliment I can pay is that it’s a kid’s movie that doesn’t have to resort to farts and sassy back-talking to get a laugh. (P.S. The Pixar short before the movie is outstanding too. How can they make something so wonderful with the main characters being clouds and storks that never speak?) Run, do not walk, to see this! Even if you have no kids, or just a bunch of petulant teenagers. Everybody will enjoy Up.