I was busy busy busy watching movies this weekend! So let’s get right to it…
The other night I went to a late showing of War Horse and up until the last minute I thought I might have caught myself a private screening! But just before the theater went dark a couple came in and sat in the back. Ohhhh well…
I thought War Horse was a good movie. Ya know, I used to watch movies about war and feel so bad for the horses that had to go into battle…barely any control over their fate. Well I guess I wasn’t the only one that felt that way because they finally made a movie about it. As expected there were there were sad parts, there were war scenes that were hard to watch, but there were some funny and happy moments as well. There were actually more plot twists than I expected which made for a good story. However I have to say that it was a bit long. There were a few moments where I was convinced the movie was about to end and then something else would happen. I think a few things could have been dropped. I also think there were a few small moments in the film where the story crossed the line of anthropomorphism for me. In general I think they did a good job of not making the horse too human-like…but there were a few scenes where it went just a tiny bit too far for my taste. In general though it was a good movie…but if you aren’t one for long movies I’d wait for it on DVD.
(PS – I spelt anthropomorphism right on the first try…with how bad my spelling is normally…I’m quite proud of that……ya know…sometimes it’s the small things)
Although I haven’t read the book, if you recall the Swedish version of this film was on the list from last year, so I knew a lot of what to expect. I thought it was a bit overwhelming to watch with subtitles last year, but to be honest even in English there are a lot of details to follow in this film. It is like you can tell there are a lot of details in the book they are trying to fit into the film. But it isn’t impossible to follow…and they wind up summing things up at important moments. They mystery is a good one. Be warned there are a few really graphic or and a bit disturbing scenes in the movie but it isn’t a scary film. Rooney Mara definitely deserves her nomination for best actress. I feel like she really lost herself in the character of Lisbeth Salander…who by the way is a pretty kick butt character. You feel for her situation, but you also love the way she gets back at those who have wronged her. The music is also really good…written by the same folks who wrote the music for The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). I’m actually really surprised that they didn’t get nominated for original score again. I really liked this movie and would recommend it…as long as you can handle a few graphic scenes.
The next day I went to go see what appears to be this year’s frontrunner, The Descendants. This film was a pretty interesting look at loss. As a man figures out how to handle the loss of his wife to a terrible boating accident…he also is forced to deal with the loss of his marriage in a different way than just from death. Meanwhile, he also has to deal with everyone else’s emotions about the loss at the same time…not to mention the fact that the entire state of Hawaii is watching his family as they are about to sell the last bit of land owned by native Hawaiians. In the meantime things are gained…like a closer relationship with his daughters. I think the movie is interesting and George Clooney is good in it. I’m not totally sure what the overwhelming hype is though. Not that I found major problems with it but I didn’t walk away thinking “wow that movie was the best of the year!” I also sort of wondered what the point of the character Sid was. I mean, I understood a little more with the one scene where the main character connected more with him…but I still felt like he was a bit unnecessary. But overall it was a good film…and interesting story at that. It gets a solid 3 stars from me.
Midnight in Paris was my latest Netflix rental. In the comedy an engaged writer who is in love with 1920s Paris manages to find a way to travel back in time at midnight each night to his favorite decade to meet some of his idols while on a Paris vacation. On his journey he slowly realizes that he and his fiancé may not be right for each other…but at the same time he also learns the importance of not living in the past. I thought this movie was really cute and different. It is definitely worthy of its screenwriting nomination. I enjoyed the movie and the themes. I think Owen Wilson was a tiny bit goofy for my taste but that might just be me. I think they could have made the deterioration of his relationship slightly more subtle…by the end it makes you kind of wonder how the two of them had even gotten together in the first place. But overall I enjoyed the film and think it’s a good one to go see. Full disclosure…I sort of want to give it 3.5 stars...but technically that rounds up to 4 I suppose.
Did you see any of the above films yet this year? What was your opinion? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!