Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Movie Recaps

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.


  1. Did JEN like Crazy Stupid Love? You can't judge it from 30 seconds. It was funny. Sheesh.

    1. Yes, Jen liked it. And, yah, 30 seconds was more than enough to see that it was only going to make me angry. You know what a good movie is Megan? Whale Rider! Go watch Whale Rider again and tell me it's not awesome.