This past Monday was Memorial Day here in the States, and thanks to karma I somehow managed to have the entire weekend off. With a three-day weekend for both me and My Man, we took the opportunity to get some movie watching done. Between various premium cable channels, he gorged more than I did - but I still ended up watching three new movies.
The Hangover Part III as a bit of comedy fluff. Hey, I'm a girl who likes my brain-candy, and dippy, dopey comedies of this nature fit that bill nicely for me. Sadly, this one was disappointing, mostly because they strayed too much from the formula. Yes, it does what all movie trilogies should do - and that is go back to the beginning - but instead of silly, over-the-top laughter? Yeah, this movie strayed a little too far over into dark and angry territory for me. It lacks the mindless joy of the first two. Don't get me wrong - it has it's moments. It's just those moments are few and far between.
Wendy's Grade = C
Behind The Candelabra has gotten a ton of press, and premiered on
Jason Bourne and Gordon Gekko in bed together?!?!? A LOT?!?!?!??!). For those of you who have been living under a rock, this is the story of Liberace and Scott Thorson, his lover and partner for several years during the late 1970s / early 1980s. We learn in this movie that Liberace is a Sex Machine, Thorson gets hooked on drugs, and they both have creepy plastic surgery done.
This was a good movie, but not nearly as excellent as the hype would have liked me to believe. The acting is very good. Michael Douglas is always worth watching in just about everything he does (I find his screen presence mesmerizing) and Matt Damon does a good job of straddling that line between naivete and corn-fed doofus. However, I felt like the script barely scratched the surface. It seems unbelievable now, but Liberace was "in the closet" - and I think that could have been mined more for dramatic effect. Also, most of the secondary cast was criminally under-utilized, most notably Debbie Reynolds. But it's glitzy, it's kitschy, it does a good job of offering up a time capsule of Las Vegas circa 1978.
Wendy's Grade = B
Star Trek Into Darkness is the second entry in the helmed J.J. Abrams version of the series, and I really, really loved it. And I'm not a Trekkie, at all. I know enough about the series to know the characters, a smattering of back-story, and that's about it. Into Darkness gives viewers a good story, a great villain, and a really good script. The dialogue is good, the action is great, and there were more genuine laughs here than in The Hangover Part III. It really is a movie that can be enjoyed by just about everyone. There's action, there's adventure, there's comedy, there's drama, hell, there's even a wee bit of romance. My big thumbs up on the weekend.
Wendy's Grade = A
My Man and I used to be avid movie-goers, sometimes hitting the theater several times a month. Those days have largely gone - mostly because Hollywood seems to be turning about a bunch of crap the last several years. But while in the theater this weekend, we did see some previews that looked promising. Man Of Steel looks great (and I am so not a Superman fan), the extended trailer for The Lone Ranger has seriously kicked my western-mojo into overdrive, and hello? Despicable Me 2.
So, have you seen any good movies lately? Anything coming out this summer that you're particularly excited about?