And while I did have a very awesome guest post (THANK YOU LAUREN HAMMOND) and 2 (TWO)(actually THREE) Versatile Blogger awards, in order to be worthy of such awesome followers, I can't just go contentless...so...As a happy medium, I've decided to give you a some reviews of the movies I've seen lately.
So, what's worth seeing?
My overall favorite(aside from early summer's Karate Kid and the A-Team) has been Ramona and Beezus.
- It has a great overall cast, and the two sisters especially fit well together. I felt like it really captured everything I remember from the Beverly Cleary books I read as a kid. It was a totally heartwarming, feel good, nostalgic movie, and something the whole family will love.
On the flip side, I was really looking forward to both Dinner for Schmucks and The Other Guys.
- Both had great comedic casts and veteran actors. And both kind of left me feeling kind of blah. They both had some really good, funny parts, interspersed with weird, awkward, blah parts. I'd recommend waiting to see them on tv.
- Oh, and because of the awkward bits, you may not want to see either of these with anyone you're related to (parents/kids).
- If you do see them in theaters, stay for the credits; they both have clips at the end. You won't be missing much, but you might as well get your money's worth.
The Last Airbender.
- I haven't seen the series, so it was totally new to me. Not knowing anything about the series going in, I felt they did a really good job of introducing the characters and the storyline. I loved the world they created, very visually appealing.
- However, this was the SLOWEST action movie I have ever seen. There was plenty of awesome fire/water/air/earth fights. But they would yell out "Water" and water, or whatever element they were using would slooooooooooooooowly start flowing from them toward the enemy. Seriously, I had to go to the bathroom, and I came back, and the water hadn't even hit the bad guy yet. SLOW. I'm just saying...
- REALLY GOOD!!! I always find Nicholas Cage a little on the weird side, but it works. I would have liked to have seen a little more of him capturing the villains. But a good, fun movie that everyone can enjoy.
- A good old-fashioned comedy. A great comedic cast. Nothing too raunchy. Just a nice movie that you can go and enjoy. You can even enjoy with the kids. Or your parents, as the case may be.
Get Him to the Greek.
- I wouldn't take your parents. Or your kids, as the case may be. If you liked Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this has some of the same cast (some reprising their original roles)--Which kind of makes me think of the ensemble casts that do the Christopher Guest movies. Decent cast, fun, with a little bit of raunchiness thrown in. Just don't see this with people you're related to.
- Pepper jokes aside, I liked. Ok, I actually kind of loved it. It's a pretty kick-a$$ spy thriller. It's got a great cast. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the ending, which leaves it wide open for a kick-a$$ sequel.
Knight and Day.
- Whatever you think of Tom Cruise (or Cameron Diaz), I liked this one. It had a sense of humor and was a fun, action-packed, well, action movie. Complete with a satisfying ending (Take that Salt).
- Oops! I thought it was Disney, it's actually Dreamworks, but I stand by my comparison--It would make a decent Disney movie. Only so-so as a Steve Carell movie. The minions are cute, and the kids will like it. I definitely enjoyed it. But sometimes you expect (or hope for) a little more, and it was good...just not more.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
- Definitely my favorite so far!!!! I thought New Moon was a little slow, but I attribute that to it being a very quiet book--So much of it is in Bella's head, and I think that made it harder to adapt. Eclipse didn't have any problems there, fast-paced and full of action and, um, pretty werewolves--Though, for the record, as much as I like Jacob, I don't see how anyone can think there was ever any hope for him. Sorry.
- The only things I would have asked more of would be more of Victoria's vamps--Although Bryce Dallas Howard, with her flowing red hair and pale skin, gave amazing visuals--she was in the movie so little, it really wasn't worth her taking over the role--We didn't see her enough to see a difference.
- Oh, and although Dakota Fanning totally LOOKS awesome...considering she's such a talented actress (for anyone, let alone for someone so young), and especially since she had so few lines, I really thought she came off kind of hammy with her performance...It just didn't work for me.
Ok, there you go...that should keep you guys out of trouble for a little bit...I know these aren't everything I was hoping for, but I know there's some good ones coming. (I'm talking about you TRON: LEGACY)(and RED)(and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)(and Morning Glory) Now it's just a matter of waiting.
But, in the meantime, if you can't wait that long, check out Jane Austen's Fight Club on YouTube (or click on the link in my sidebar). I'm a struggling Jane Austen Fan, but I wouldn't hesitate to see this one for real!!!!
I'd love to hear what you guys are watching and waiting for!!!