Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Last Five Movies I've seen

1) Saw Jumper yesterday and was not particularly impressed. The concept was great but the execution left much to be desired. The main characters didn't grab me though Samuel Jackson did a satisfactory job as the villain.
I kept thinking about the movie while watching it instead of being sucked into the story to a place where nothing else exists. I was aware I needed to go to the toilet and I was aware I had eaten too many M&Ms. I wouldn't really recommend this one.


2) Last week I saw PS I Love You and this is quite a different story. It was great. I had been reluctant to go to this one because I knew he died early on but I'm so glad I did. Hilary Swank, of course, is a wonderful actress and so believable. Take a box of tissues because you will cry almost all the way through but it's worth the tears. It's powerful, full of strong characters, sucks you in emotionally and the story lingers long after you've left the cinema.

3) I have mentioned already that I saw The Bucket List a couple of weeks ago. Well worth seeing though a little cliched and the dialogue could have been sharper. But what great actors. Worth seeing just for them and they do visit some amazing places in the world. I love a story about people getting out there and living life to the fullest no matter how much time is left.

4) Saw Juno a while ago. Yes, I enjoyed it but didn't rave about it like many others. I felt the actress was too pretty to be convincing as the weird girl though I'm not saying that being pretty excludes being weird. I just would have liked her to look a little quirky too. Some of the offbeat scenes, which were obviously supposed to show us how different she was, like sitting in the armchair outside the boyfriend's house (see photo), for me were cliched and forced. For a pregnant teenager, she showed very little real distress until she actually gave birth and even that was glossed over. I felt her decision making was over simplified and made the whole process of getting pregnant and finding a solution to such a massive problem appear offhand and of no great consequence. I know others will disagree but I didn't feel her at all. I felt the Jennifer Garner character much more though, even there, that marriage split didn't ring true because there was no background to the reason for it - even though we got the reason. Again over-simplified.

5) Recently I saw 27 Dresses. A light comedy but thoroughly enjoyable. Of course it had the usual gimmicks to create the laughs but the main characters swept me along with them on this crazy ride. And the dresses were great - the costume designer must have had such fun with them. There was never any doubt as to the ending but then comedies seldom have any twists or turns . So, all in all, a pleasant afternoon out.

12 comments:

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Great movie reviews, Suzanne! I would love to see 27 Dresses.

Hilary Swank always impresses me on screen with her vitality.

Have you seen the movie Duplex? I'm about to watch it for the third time. It's a great comedy.

Have a super day!

Hugs, JJ/Nancy

Suzanne Perazzini said...

No, I've never seen Duplex. Never even heard of it actually. What's it about?

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Suzanne, Duplex is a comedy about a young couple who buy a gorgeous duplex with one catch, there is an old woman living upstairs. They think she'll croak soon but she becomes the spitfire tenant from hell. It's hilarious.

http://movies.about.com/cs/trailers/v/duplextrailer.htm

Hugs, Nancy

raine said...

Interesting, Suzanne.
I can't say I've heard of anything that would really motivate me to go to the movies lately.
I'll probably wait until they're on cable.
Except the Indiana Jones movie--that IS a must-see.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Nancy, I'll probably have to get that out on DVD. It sounds fun.

Suzanne

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Raine, I just love the whole experience of going to the movies so I go even if there's nothing I particularly want to see.
I agree that Indiana Jones is a must see.

Suzanne

Footsteps said...

Thank you!! I rarely get to movies before they're out on DVD (unless it's a G-rated adventure with my youngest)and like to be efficient (i.e. see the "good" ones and skip the others). I think we have similar movie tastes, so feel free to post your next five!
I'll look for "Duplex" too per Nancy's suggestion.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Heather, my regular movie-going only started about a year ago. Before that it was DVDs for me too. My son is now 17 and hence reasobaly independent and I can once again make choices for myself about how I spend my time. The movie thing just crept in as a way to spend time by mtself. Did I mention that I always go alone? It's my thing and all mine.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Suzanne, I hope you do rent DUPLEX.

Good morning! We have sunshine and blue skies. You know how I was begging for that. Can't wait to go snowshoeing.

Hugs, Nancy

Angel... said...

Those are very cool movies...

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Thanks for dropping by, angel.

suzanne

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Wild wave to Suzanne!!! We're starting to have melting snow and huge puddles. :D

Jeff and I tried walking to the lake park but our cheeks were too cold as we fought the wind so we turned around and came home

Hugs, JJ