"Nothing destroys a decent movie more than calling it great, and while this one's a little better than decent, it's definitely a long way from great."
Seriously. I can't think of a truer statement that reflects my pet peeve when people overwhelmingly embrace films full of flaws, and then proceed to gush about it being the best of its genre good. Bugs the CRAP out of me. While I found this statement incredibly true for Avatar, I'm also finding it very accurate for one of the summer's most recent releases: Crazy, Stupid, Love.
I also watched Cowboys & Aliens right before Stupid Love (oops did I forget to spell out the whole title? Goodness me!) What to say about that movie. It's certainly fun while you're watching it. But...it's pretty forgettable. It just is. Not going to change your life, but it will entertain you for a bit.However, once it's done it will leave you with no thoughts...except apparently for a group of imdb users who talked extensively about Daniel Craig's rear end! Haha. And when did Harrison Ford become so crotchety? I certainly loved parts...but I think it could have been more...it had a lot of potential. I would probably give this a 6.5 as well and ditto the dollar movies/redbox.
Also this week to attempt to slowly get Ann back in the real world we watched Tangled. I've seen this a few times now, but I never get over what a sweet and adorable film it is. I heard rumors Disney was done making animated films, but I sure hope not because Tangled really is wonderful (even if it means my niece equates me with the villainness in the film! ha!) I also finally got around to watching Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish film Let The Right One In. It's a story about a 12 year old boy who befriends the 12 year old girl vampire next door. Sure that plot sounds like something out of Goosebumps...but it was pretty much amazing. Very well done and very thought provoking. Honestly, I thought it was fascinating and truly suspenseful.
Honestly though...I just thought the whole movie was a mess. There's a very central plot-line that drags down the whole film for me, and has a Grease-esque type message (not the same message, but the same type quality/tone of message.) That I'm like "Okay so the moral of the story is just to stalk someone until they like you? Oh great! Is that all??" Great one for the kids. For me I honestly can't understand all the love this movie is getting. Just because a little more effort than usual was put into it and people crave that, still doesn't mean it's good! It just goes to show that the competition is even worse! I'm afraid this is another Emily vs. The World type movie where I am the Elaine Benes who tries to convince everyone that the English Patient sucked. Anyway...I give it a 6.5 and say it's worth a dollar movie or a rental in redbox. Meh. But don't listen to me...because I may be the only one besides Kent Dunn and also Courtney and Paige Wightman (holler) who hates this one.
As some of you may recall from my summer preview list, I mentioned that I was a... ahem... a fan of Chris Evans. Haha! Well, I certainly got what I wanted from Captain America! Haha I jest! But I'm not gonna lie...it does bump things up a bit for me. I did love the period piece feel of it. And Steven Rogers is definitely a noble hero. Sure...he doesn't have as much personality as Evan's other counterpart...Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch (which btw I was reading that in the comics there was a few stories where the two interacted. crazy that he played both!) but he's very sweet and likable nonetheless...but maybe I'm biased. I really liked the romance in the film, and was surprised to read afterwards that what happens with them is very true to the comics...I can't say more but I want to. It made me the most excited of any of these Marvel films for the prospect of The Avengers...the whole movie was basically a set up of it...but an entertaining setup nonetheless. I think I'll give it a 7.3 and say it's worth a matinee.