You and I Could Go Down... In History

Today, I feel human again. I would say I'm 50% to well again, but that's a ton better. Unfortunately, instead of developing sexy phlegm, I'm talking like a 13 year old boy. My voice keeps cracking.

Besides eating my weight in Lays products, I have been seeing a ton of movies, so here we go:

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard is the story of a man's journey through a long musical career. Basically it's a parody of Walk the Line and Ray. It was written by Judd Apatow, and starred John C. Reilly.

I was a little torn about this movie, but I think it's because my expectations were too high. I generally love anything Apatow, and have ever since Freaks and Geeks. This movie, to me, was probably his worst work. Which is not to say it wasn't good. It just wasn't great, which is what I'm used to from Judd.

There were definitely some funny parts, and I loved Jenna Fischer. The music was especially good. Each song really fit into the genre and time line it was supposed to. It's a soundtrack you could actually listen to.

Overall, I'd recommend it if you're a fan of other Apatow films, just don't except it to be quite as laugh out loud funny.

Juno

Juno is a movie about a teenage girl (Ellen Page) who discovers she is pregnant with her friend's (Michael Cera) baby after the first time they have sex. She decides to give the baby to a couple who was unable to conceive (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman).

This was by far the best movie I've seen in a very long time. It was well written and well acted. It had comedy and drama. It was super funny without being lowbrow. It could have gone a different direction, and I'm glad it didn't.

Ellen Page was perfectly cast as Juno, and I can't think of anything Michael Cera has done that I don't absolutely love.

It was a genuine feel good movie, and I recommend it to anyone who likes movies at all.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd is a musical about a barber (Johnny Depp) who seeks revenge against those who have wronged him. It also starred Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman, and was directed by Tim Burton.

I think this was probably Tim Burton's best movie. On the whole, I think he's way overrated. This was the only movie I've seen of his in the last decade that didn't totally disappoint me (That's right, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I'm talking to you.)

Johnny Depp did a good job, if not wholly original one. It was like Edward Scissorhands met Jack Sparrow. His voice was actually one of the better ones in the movie.

Overall though, I'd have to say I didn't really like it. I was bored pretty much through the whole thing. It never stopped being dreary. Also, I'm a tired of the whole Burton/Depp/Bonham Carter thing.

If you're a big fan of musicals or Tim Burton, you'll probably like it.

If you don't like either, you won't like it. This movie certainly won't win new fans to either.


Other movies I saw on DVD this weekend:

Superbad
Knocked Up
Hairspray
The Ice Harvest

Ones I haven't seen before:

Hatchet
- This was really really bad. Seriously, don't watch it. It wasn't funny or scary.

The Heartbreak Kid- Not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be, until the last 20 minutes or so, where it really turned into a crap pile. But other than that, it was pretty good.

Brick- Pretty bad. It was well acted, but written horribly. They were talking like it was a noir film, but it definitely wasn't.

6 comments:

Mr. Fabulous said...

I saw all three in the theater, too.


I liked Walk Hard more than you did. In fact, the soundtrack is in my car right now.

I think you were spot on with Juno. Loved it!

And I liked Sweeney Todd more than you did too. I can't believe you were bored!

Robin said...

I've only seen one of the movies and liked it. I will probably see Superbad on dvd and this one on dvd too.

Poppy Cede said...

I am in love with Jason Bateman.

That is all.

Avitable said...

You didn't like Brick? I loved Brick, mainly because it was a noir film set in high school. I thought the dialogue was awesome.

Amanda said...

Mr. Fab- I have a short attention span

Robin- Superbad is awesome

Poppy- I certainly don't blame you

Avitable- If everyone would have spoken that way, I would have liked it. But it was just sometimes

JC said...

Michael Cera is my husband...
or will be one day.

I can't wait to see Juno and Sweeney Todd.