The summer season has begun with a flurry of new movie releases, so I decided to consolidate three quick reviews into one blog entry for your viewing pleasure.
Men In Black III
To be honest I am kind of sick of the “sequel” mania that Hollywood is currently going through, but trotting out Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones 15 years after their original debut as agents K and J, I just couldn’t resist. So I scheduled a group event on $5.00 movie day to go and see this with other some equally sentimental Geeks.
Verdict: It was cute and Josh Brolin was AWESOME!
The premise: something happens to Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) must go back in time to save him. There he meets a young K played by Josh Brolin who is brilliant. Brolin had Tommy Lee down to a “T” and is truly what makes the movie worth seeing (since the plot isn’t really much different from the original MIB.) But I was entertained and only paid $5.00, so it was worth an evening out with the friends.
Bottom Line Rating: B-
If you are looking for a fun movie to go and see this summer, this could be a good choice for a matinee.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
I had been waiting for this movie to come out since I first saw a trailer last summer. Chuck full of some of the best senior British actors around, this movie gave me hope that maybe 2012 might be better than 2011 for worthwhile movies. So I scheduled a large group of Indie Film fans to go and see it.
Verdict: I was not disappointed. This movie is WONDERFUL!
If you were going to come up with a dream cast for a movie, this is probably it. Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith head-up this amazing group in a story about growing old and finding your place in the world. The showing I attended on a Tuesday night completely sold out and I was also one of the youngest people attending by a significant margin. But being one of the “babies” in the audience didn’t diminish how wonderful this movie was for me. The performances are fantastic, the script is excellent and throw in the cute kid from Slumdog Millionaire and you have a winner!
Bottom Line Rating: A
I would be shocked and disgusted if this movie isn’t nominated for Oscar along with multiple members of the cast. It puts a little faith in me that there is hope that movie making hasn’t gone completely to the dogs. Although the movie might go over the heads of young children, I recommend this movie for all adults looking for a great story, marvelous performances and 2 hours of excellent entertainment.
As I mentioned earlier, I am not a big fan of sequels and seeing a “prequel” to the original Alien movie wasn’t high on my list of “must sees” (especially based on the last couple of movies in that franchise). Sometimes things just need to die and stay dead. But when you hang out with Geeks, the idea of passing up a sci-fi flick with aliens is just not going to happen. So I scheduled a group event to go see this on opening night.
The saving grace was I am a big fan of Michael Fassbender (hubba hubba) so I figured staring at him on screen might be worth the admission price. I was also intrigued to see Noomi Repace in a new role after enjoying her performances so much in the original The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series (Swedish version).
Verdict: Let’s just say, thank goodness for Michael Fassbender. I was mildly entertained, but greatly annoyed that apparently we get significantly dumber in the future regarding the importance of following decontamination procedures.
This movie was a case of a strong cast with a weak script and characters you just don’t care about. Aliens were unfortunately not the focus in this movie, instead it really focused on man’s innate ability to screw things up, even in outer space.
Bottom Line Rating: C+
If you loved the previous Alien movies and can suspend your disbelief of obvious failures in the plot, this movie could be a somewhat entertaining day at the matinee or a Netflix/Redbox rental.
Now get off my lawn! 😀