It was an emotional start to the weekend. Seemed like a good idea to spend the rest of it unplugged and watching some movies.
Jen kicked it off solo. It was a free-for-all of rom-com's while I toiled away on some nerdy tasks. I wandered downstairs on a break and watched 30 seconds of Crazy, Stupid, Love. Yah, that was enough. That movie was a recommendation from my sister who, inexplicably, thought that it would be something I would enjoy watching. Her movie recommendations will be met with pure skepticism going forward.
When I finally got to pick a movie, I chose The Cabin In The Woods. Highly recommended. A very different take on the horror movie genre. Joss Whedon co-wrote it so I was on board from the start but even Jen liked it. Fantastic character designs and quite a bit of humour.
Sunday we watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. When I heard about this movie and its cast, I was super stoked. But then I started hearing reviews and all I heard was one word: BORRRRRRRRRRING. True, this is not an action-packed movie but it IS a well done movie focusing on an internal British intelligence investigation. Instead of hand-to-hand combat and state-of-the-art gadgets, this focuses on following up leads and checking facts and verifying peoples' stories. Yah, not for everybody but I liked it.
And then it was time. Time for the Batman! The Aurora shooting had put a damper on my enthusiasm to see this movie. But I've been very stringent on avoiding spoilers and I had to watch it in a real movie theater. So we went. And it was good. A good completion to the trilogy. Not great though. There are plot holes and awkward transitions in time and place. But it is a good story overall. The absence of Heath Ledger is obvious and I was a little disappointed in Bain as a villain. After Inception and Warrior, I was really hoping for more from Tom Hardy. He's a great pick for the role but there's very little he can bring from behind that muffly mask. I'll still buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out and there will be a weekend in the distant future when Jen's away somewhere that I will sit and watch the entire trilogy. Maybe my perception will change by then but, for now, Avengers is still the best movie of the summer of 2012.