Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It's been a while since I've commented on any of the movies we've watched lately so I thought I'd take a minute:

Up in the Air - We just watched this one on Saturday evening and we really enjoyed it.  I'm a long time Clooney fan so that in and of itself made it something intriguing for me but the storyline of a guy who lives his whole life on the "road" was a novel concept.  I enjoyed the characters and the way the story was framed.  I did guess the plot twist near the end though it was a little predictable but thought provoking nonetheless.  Clooney's character is so likable and you just find yourself rooting for him at every turn and yet you feel sorry for him in the way he's set up his life.  I totally understand why he received so many rave reviews for his performance because he was fantastic - not outlandish or funny, just real.  I really enjoyed the performance by the newcomer, Anna Kendrick, also.

Julie & Julia - This was one I watched solo and hadn't even planned on watching.  Jason had fallen asleep on the couch, I was flipping channels and there it was, just starting!  Bingo!  I'd been wanting to see it but doubted Jason would want it in our Netflix queue.  I loved it!  Being that I love cooking, this was definitely enjoyable for a multitude of reasons.  I loved the Julia Child story and even liked the Julie Powell story even though I know a lot of people hated that part of it.  While she was a little annoying, the way the two stories paralleled one another was really great and really kept you interested.  I now want to get that Julia Child cookbook the movie is based on although I don't know how many of the recipes I'd even have an interest in making given my aversion to so many meats and I make an effort to cook with less fat something I'm sure Julia would be offended by.  So much butter was used in that movie....

Couples Retreat - I had been wanting to see this one for a while and while I'm glad we watched it, I'm glad I didn't see it in the theater.  Overall it was really funny but there were some really slow, lagging parts too.   Jason loved the usual Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau banter but even he admitted some of it could have been edited out.  There were some really funny situations and the scenery had me hungry for a tropical getaway, so it was worth it but definitely NOT as funny as The Hangover as it was touted when it came out. 

Four Christmases - Another one I'd been wanting to see given that we also celebrate a multitude of Christmases too.  Of course this one is sans children so quite a different prospect.  I thought it was okay but I wouldn't watch it again.  Again some funny scenes (Jason liked the scene of Vince Vaughn with his brothers) but overall it kind of stressed me out because of how awkward everyone was together.  And the way it ended was kind of lame too.  I felt like the resolution between the characters was kind of forced and fast.  You spend over 3/4 of the movie on the first 2 of the Christmases and then the last 2 are rushed. 

I think Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes are some of the next ones on our list.  I also really wanted to see Hot Tub Time Machine (don't laugh) in the theater but I don't think that is happening.  I'm just hoping to see Sex and the City 2 in the theater with Katie (before baby 3 comes!) and then Harry Potter with Jason in July because we always see Harry in the theater, it's one of the only times we've gotten to the movies as a couple in the past 7 years.


Katie said...

Star Trek is decent. I want to see Sherlock Holmes too. Just watched "Everybody's Fine." What a tear-jerker that was! Lots of Hollywood influences as well and I'm not sure about the message. SaTC2 is a date for sure!

Lauren said...

I love your reviews! I haven't seen Julie & Julia or Up in the Air Yet, but those are definitely next on my list!
I saw Couples Retreat and 4 Christmases in the theater when they came out. Couples Retreat was okay- I agree with your review. 4 Christmases was the biggest letdown ever- I was expecting this hilarious movie, given the cast. But it was forced, horrible writing... just awful.
I LOVE Star Trek. I never watched the show or saw any of the movies, but the movie is FANTASTIC.
Another movie I would highly recommend is The Men Who Stare at Goats. It's awesome. Weird, strange, unexpected... just a great and "different" movie. It has Clooney too... you can't go wrong with that!

Lauren said...

Oh- and two more recommendations- "Away We Go" and "500 Days of Summer." Both are awesome and I ended up buying them from Amazon and Target for under $10.

Viv said...

You can always go to Bengies to see Hot Tub Time machine (and Kick Ass too!)