3.21.2014

March Mildness

Wanting a night out at the movies this weekend? Well, you're in luck! Today marks the gradual beginning of more major films starting to be released with not one, but TWO wide releases (whose trailers have been plastered everywhere for MONTHS so I'm sure you're not unfamiliar with them....): Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted. I was able to see both films earlier this week, so naturally 2 mini reviews shall follow.

Option number one this weekend: The NEW YA adaptation of a dystopian future featuring teeny boppers: Ender's Game? The Giver? Hunger Games? NO! Divergent. Poor Divergent. It's not looking very good at Rotten Tomatoes right now is it? So is it THAT bad? Well...I think if you let it be then it is. In the beginning, I found myself chuckling and generally feeling incredulous at the things I was seeing on the screen. But then at one point I just figured I might as well enjoy it, and to be fair once it was done I don't remember much of what I was disliking in the beginning (however I still can't forget SOME headscratching moments like weird tonal shifts, odd musical choices, the general teen feel, and people inexplicably shifting reliances). Now I'll be honest, a large part of my enjoyment was due to the leading man who bore an uncanny resemblance to the Franco brothers, and if in fact is a secret Franco brother might be the most attractive of the lot. This may cloud much of my judgement. So, in short, Divergent is entertaining enough...but there's not a whole lot of originality to it. It's Hunger Games (or fill in the blank dystopian future movie) + Harry Potter + Inception. You can embrace that or hate for its lack of originality. The choice is yours, and I in fact....chose both. However, most of the plot needn't exist when she just should have [SPOILER ALERT] stayed with her family in the lame zone and figured out the plot eventually. all of her training was essentially pointless except for finding love...but she would have saved her mum's life. [/SPOILER] EMILY RATING: 6.3/10

 Hey. Give them props. They found love in a hopeless place!

Option two: The sequel to the 2011 Muppet resurgence: Muppets Most Wanted. Of course there's more Muppet movies than the last, but this one will likely be most compared to the 2011 film that somewhat rebooted the Muppets. I don't feel like this movie has the same broad appeal that one did (which also apparently wasn't even that broad since while I loved it, members of my own family detested it.) So uh yeah. The Muppets aren't for everyone. This isn't the Lego Movie here. But once again, I myself happen to love the weird kooky humor that the Muppets represent so I happily find myself in the category of people that enjoy these movies. I found myself giggling and chuckling all the way through at the efforts of Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and the Muppets (the imposter Kermit particularly got a lot of guilty laughs from me). It has some really nice moments, but once again...it's hard not to compare it to the last and remember that something is missing (Jason Segel probably...) and well... it's not as effortless. But I did appreciate its many meta moments and thought that generally it was an enjoyable enough time. And if you ever wanted to know what Tom Hiddleston or Jemaine Clement look like in long johns...well there's that. Plus it features a pretty clever Monster's U short at the beginning that I happened to love. EMILY RATING: 6.8/10 (6.5 on a bad day and 7 on a good ha!)

Now go forth and cinemize! And next week we get Noah. 

3 comments:

Sarah said...

I can't wait to see the Muppet movie. I know my boys will enjoy it. It's a pity the showing was so late last night, otherwise we might have gone to see that instead of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. However, Mr. Peabody and Sherman was a cute family film in its own right, and my boys loved that too. We'll get to the Muppets soon!

Joey said...

I'm not quite as enamored of the Muppets as you and Sarah, but Tina Fey's a draw for me.

It will be fun to see for sure.

I'm skipping the other. But you knew that, right?

Sarah said...

Randomly enough, I ended up seeing Divergent tonight. Jeremiah watched the boys so I could go with a couple of gals in my neighborhood. I quite enjoyed it. Very entertaining stuff. I guess she learned quite a few survival skills through her boot camp training. Maybe it will come in handy in the next two or so movies. :)