Nov 19 2007

Movie Reviews

Published by at 12:50 am under Entertainment,Personal

Avery: Here Dad
Me: *Takes the Nib he is handing me and pops it in my mouth*
Avery: It’s not yucky
Me: Um… ok
Avery: It’s not dirty
Avery: it just fell on the floor
Me: *sighs*
Avery: It’s still good, right??

That was the highlight of yesterday morning’s movie. The kids had a ticket to get into a series of movies. One each week for 7 weeks, but we only made it to 4 of them. Yesterday’s was Deck the Halls and was by far the worst of the 4 movies we saw.

But I’m probably getting a little ahead of myself. Let me go through them from the beginning. The first movie we saw was Charlotte’s Web, the live action remake of the animated classic. I didn’t hold out a lot of hope for this one for several reasons. One was cause I haven’t seen many remakes that I’ve liked especially for those I have seen the original. Add that on to the fact that while the original was a reasonable kids movie, I didn’t think it was all that great of a movie. Second reason was cause I have never been a huge fan of Dakota Fanning. I don’t know what it is, but there is just something freaky and unnatural about that girl. Fortunately, while she played a major role in the film, she wasn’t really a character that stands out. Given all that, I think it was surprisingly a good movie. The special affects were good enough to not be distracting, the acting didn’t take away from the story and I was happy to see that they didn’t deviate from the original story either. All in all, an improvement on the original without retelling the story in a different way.

Next week was Shrek the Third. I have to say, I liked the original Shrek a lot. The second one, not so much. With the third, I held little hope of saving any face. It didn’t. It fell way short. They seemed to be trying too hard to keep the running gags going and shoving some of the funny moments that worked in the previous movies, into this one. Beyond that, I don’t think the story held up as well. You enter the whole movie thinking it’s about them having kids, but it really tries to cover Shrek’s anxiety over his swamp heir. It did have a couple of moments that were funny, but didn’t make the movie.

Movie 3 was Evan Almighty the remake of Bruce Almighty. I liked Bruce Almighty but I didn’t think it was a great movie. I do like Steve Carell a lot, though, and surprisingly liked this movie way more than Bruce Almighty. The plot was kinda lame, but it was funny enough that I didn’t really care. What I didn’t realize until I was doing this post since I hadn’t seen Bruce Almighty since it came out 4 years ago, was that Steve Carell played the same role in the original movie, Evan Baxter. After I found that out, I was a bit disappointed that Jim Carrey didn’t have a cameo role in this film. I think that woulda been cool to tie it in. I’m sure there are others out there that didn’t realize the character is from the first movie. In fact, I almost want to go back to see the original movie to see the character carry over into this one. Almost.

The last movie we saw was, of course, Deck the Halls. I will keep this short. This was one of the worst films I’ve seen in a loooong time. It wasn’t even bad acting, or poor characters, it was just a horrible story and wasn’t funny. That is a problem for a film that is supposed to be a comedy. The kids like it, and I’m trying to use that as my only justification for my time.

When it was all said and done, I enjoyed doing this with the kids and it was nice to be able to see some movies in the theaters which is a rare treat nowadays.  I just wish that they had better movies showing, but I imagine it’s probably hard to find 7 great movies for kids that have recently been in the theaters. If they do it again next year, I would still like to do it again. The good news is that there won’t be another Deck the Halls.


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  1. gadzooks64on 19 Nov 2007 at 7:54 am

    Ahhhh, I remember the first time we took our kids to the movies.

    We went to see and Elmo movie for free during some fall special. Of course the place was PACKED.

    Our kids were something like 3 and 16months. Well, most 16 months old don’t have the attn span for a movie and ours was no different. I ended up holding him for a big part of it.

    But, the oldest, OMG he wouldn’t shut up. He kept talking out loud, and by out loud I mean OUT LOUD!

    Part of the story line involved Elmo losing his favorite blanky. Well, OMG, that was a total disaster to my oldest who loved his blanky more than his parents. He kept talking about the blanky through the whole movie.

    All in all, it was a memorable experience that we weren’t willing to repeat for a while after that.

    I’ll have to remind him of that when he gets home today to see if he even remembers.

  2. Anthonyon 19 Nov 2007 at 8:48 am

    Elmo in Grouchland – we have the DVD

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