My apologies for taking so long to post again. My life has been a bit of a roller coaster lately because, apparently, I’m going through a midlife crisis, though I don’t understand why some people see it that way. But that’s for another post. Now, I want to talk about the movie I saw this weekend, The Butler.
Now, the only reason I even went to see this movie is because of the cast; more specifically, Alan Rickman. This will come as no surprise to those who know me or have read this blog. To say I love him would be an understatement. Although his part was brief in this movie, it was still my favorite part. He was superb and really did justice to the persona of Ronald Reagan. As soon as he appeared, a huge grin adorned my face that didn’t fade until the ending credits rolled.
I was a little iffy on seeing Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. I’ve never liked her after learning of her actions in Hanoi, and a heavy influence from my Vietnam vet father, judging her as a traitor to her fellow Americans. I don’t pretend to know why she did what she did and at this point, I don’t care. But as I realize that we are all one and that everyone deserves love, I am putting the past behind me. Holding on to that grudge doesn’t prove my loyalty for my father, it merely burdens my heart with unnecessary hate. And hate has no part in my life.
The movie was good, not great. At the end it seemed way too political for my taste. It was more like Obama propaganda than a serious movie about the relationship between a hard-working father and a son who is ashamed of his father’s profession but still yearns for his approval. I found it interesting that each man affected change for the better but in very different ways. The characters were well played, interesting and earned my empathy. The main message I got from watching the movie was that you are never too old to change the way you see the world around you and to take action to do what you feel is right.
And of course, Alan Rickman rocked! Now I can’t wait until October when Gambit finally comes out in America. I don’t know why it took so long but Halleluiah it’s a comin’!
This last Super Bowl Sunday, my teenager daughter and I went to see Warm Bodies with my friend Karen. Let me tell you, it was FAB-U-LOUS! Of course, I’m a sucker for an offbeat love story and you can’t get more unusual than a zombie falling for a human.
The story is told through the point of view of R, our zombie protagonist. His thoughts and observations are laugh-out-loud funny as he ponders his life as a living corpse, “Man, we walk slow.” He has no memory of his past human life and isn’t very excited about his current one. R is endearing right from the start—a zombie clinging to humanity through his vast collection of knick knacks and vinyl records.
Its during a hunt for food—Brains!—that R finds Julie and takes her home with him. The build up of their relationship was realistic, gradual, believable, and very touching. The story is obviously a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, complete with balcony scene.
Nicholas Hoult does a wonderful job playing R. He makes being undead hot! Julie is played by Teresa Palmer who is absolutely adorable. The two of them together were so freakin’ cute you can’t help but cheer them on as they fight to stay together.
I definitely recommend this movie, especially this Valentine’s Day.
Last night, my wonderful husband took me out to see Hansel and Gretel at the IMAX in 3D. And I must say, the movie was great fun. I loved the concept of the story: after defeating a dark witch who wanted to cook and eat Hansel, the two siblings grow up to become witch hunters. Sure, the story line was simple and predictable, but the special effects, humor, and creative weapons kept my attention from start to finish.
The way the dark witches were portrayed was really creepy. They were super ugly and almost animalistic, at times running on all fours as they ran from the witch hunters. The weapons Hansel and Gretel used gave the movie a nice steam punk vibe that I enjoyed. The fight scenes were bloody and gross, so keep your hands free to cover your eyes. It wasn’t Spartacus-gross, but graphic. And, of course, Hansel was HOT!!! But so was his sister. My goal is to one day look as good in leather pants as Gretel. I must say I really loved her—a beautiful badass that can take a punch. My kind of gal.
But I think my favorite part was the love story element. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but it was sweet and realistic and tugged at my heart strings. I would definitely recommend this movie if your looking for a good time.
This afternoon, my teenager and I are going to see Warm Bodies with my good friend Karen. I’ll post soon letting you know what I thought of that. But, really, a zombie love story? How could you go wrong?