So I watched a few movies over the weekend. Here’s the breakdown:
Shoot ‘Em Up: Watched this Saturday, and it really is the most preposterous premise for an action movie ever. That said, it was awesome. The film is basically a series of action sequences strung together with the thinnest veneer of plot imaginable. The title is very apt. There’s this guy, and he shoots things. Also, I suppose they wanted a sex scene, so they tossed a girl in as well. The mystery to me is how they convinced acclaimed actors like Paul Giamatti and Clive Owen to star in this campy movie. This one gets two separate ratings: for guys – 3½ stars out of five; for gals – ½ a star.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: We watch this seasonal favourite every year around this time. Every time I watch it, I become more and more convinced that only Jim Carrey could have pulled off the role. (As an aside, the girl who played Cindy Lou Who looked uncannily familiar this outing, and I realised she’s a dead ringer for the actress who plays Molly on Heroes.) Excellent holiday fare. Best line, spoken after the Grinch, disguised as Santa sends Cindy Lou Who off to bed with some water, “Nice kid…. baaaaaaad judge of character.” 4/5 stars.
Meet The Robinsons: Watched this one with the whole family on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed it. Walt Disney’s previous outing in this format (sans Pixar) was the thoroughly enjoyable Chicken Little. This film lived up to the expectations set by its predecessor. 4 out of 5 stars.
Muppets From Space: I’ve seen it before, but I enjoy it every time. This was the first Muppet movie I saw with the new characters in it. One of them, Pépé, utters the immortal line (in a French/Cajun accent), “I am not a shrimp, I’m a KING PRAWN!!!” Not the best Muppet movie ever, but there’s a high standard to live up to. 3/5 stars.
Stardust: Amazing film. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I would compare this film favourably with the Lucas/Howard classic Willow. Same mix of humour, romance, adventure and drama. The tone is fantastic and it looked like all the actors had fun. This will be going on my “must buy” list when it comes out on DVD on Dec 18. I haven’t read the book on which it’s based, but having seen the film, I’m going to get the Neil Gaiman original from the public library. 4½ stars.