Okay, movie madness hits. I’ve seen two in the last few days, The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and Man of Steel. I went to The Heat to get out of the heat in Vancouver, and I’m a Sandra fan and becoming a Melissa fan.
I see the movie is rated a 7 out of 10. I’d give it 7.5 bullets out of 10. A female cop buddy movie — my biggest comment — way too late in coming. The movie seems dated to me. Maybe the heat got to my head, but this seemed like an old script that perhaps Mel Gibson and company turned down so they did it with females. This style of movie was popular in the ’80’s only with guy leads (Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold). Girls you shoulda’ done this one sooner.
It had other problems, like it sagged in the middle. The movie needed its own set of Spanks, but it had its funny spells. Sandra’s nice to look at and Melissa is hilarious, nice combo.
Man of Steel
When did Superman become an alien? Have I missed something? I mean I know he’s from Krypton and all, but when did he become science fiction? I don’t like that.
What can I say about that except that the back story was too long, and too science fictiony, and there was way too much senseless fighting, and did I mention the lack of chemistry between Amy Adams and Henry Cavill, oh, yeah, and the dialogue, yikes. One more thing, ‘S’ doesn’t stand for Superman!
The young supermans were great. Kevin Costner and Nick Cage are starting to look alike. This movie was a quilt of scenes that weren’t seamless. I wanted to watch Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer, forget Superman.
Movie goers who like to watch minute after minute of destruction will love this one. I give it 2 capes out of 5.
World War Z
Okay, I liked it a lot, but I am a Zombie fan. The audience clapped for it at the end. Is that a Canadian thing? I always giggle when the audience claps. Brad Pitt is good as the ‘only-I-can-save-the world’ hero. Mireille Enos is a doting mom and brave wife. It’s a bit derivative, borrowing from Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds, especially the scenes in the van where they try to get their panicking daughter to go to her happy place, and the traffic scenes. I see a bit of I am Legend in there (family gets away in a helicopter on the top of a building), a pinch of 2012 (flying around in an airplane where it’s a lot safer) and a dollop of Signs as an asthmatic daughter needs be talked down from her breathing attack. Is that even possible? I have asthma and am never far away from my inhaler. Then there’s the modern wall of Jericho…interesting. Still, a good ‘jump- in- your- seat zombie fest. I give it 3.5 pieces of fingers out of 5.
THE INCREDIBLE MR WONDERSTONE
I don’t even know if I’ve got the name right, but don’t go see it. Why you might think Jim Carrey and
Steve Carrel would be a comedy duet, a no brainer, well it is! Zombies must have eaten the producers brains to make this one.
1965, ah, yes, I remember it well. This movie took me right back to those not so wonderful days of school tunics, and saddle shoes and record players, all the stuff that filled my shelves and closets as a kid. Of course I was younger than the characters portrayed in the movie, but I still remember the angst of the first bra and, after playing spin the bottle, kissing the hairy lip of the slightly older boy who lived down the street. The movie certainly doesn’t flatter any of the adult characters, especially Bill Murray with his shirt off, but I did enjoy the quirky adults in this movie, although none of them should have been in charge of kids. This IS the way I remember all adults from my childhood, quirky, crazy, concerned, but ineffective, especially in that 60’s era when kids had the great good fortune to grow up free of stranger danger and the space to playout our wild fantasies without much concern for our safety. It all seems like hilarious, good fun, just like in the movie. If you were a child in the ’60’s, you’ll get a blast from this boyscout past and a reminder that it’s never easy to be different.