Thoughts on recent movies

Posted by avatarOmar last updated January 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm

It's been a while since I've bashed some movies so I know that duiu has missed my scathing critiques. I've been on a big movie watching kick lately, so I figured now's a great time to get some hate out of the way.

Movies still in theaters

Juno - Let's start this off with a bang - or rather, a whimper - as Juno was one of my most hyped movies of the past while and it ultimately disappointed me big time. You mix some Jason Bateman and Michael Cera, add some quirky characters, sprinkle indy music, and you have a recipe for a pretty solid flick. I was hoping for the next Little Miss Sunshine, but instead I got a something inbetween a lost Gilmore Girls episode and The Office goes suburban. The movie was just sooooo in love with itself and tried way too hard to have witty dialog and quirky settings. Everything is just about the one liners such that there's no real CONVERSATIONS actually happening. Both conversations, and the narrative itself suffer at the alter of supposed wit. People just aren't that witty in real life, so it comes off really forced and fake.

Similar to a Zach Braff flick it really emphasized the music. This isn't a bad thing, it's just that I didn't really like most of the music as it's more folky with the vocals being very clear. It was actually quite grating, especially during the intro sequence. I did enjoy the last song though, and the song from the trailer.

I must say that Ellen Page is a fantastic actress and I'm hopeful she's in more films that respect her talent. Seeing the new generation of comedian actors like Michael Cera and herself give me hope for the future. I must also say that it's a fantastic date movie as the end had the theater filled with "aww that's so cute" so take note guys, it's a movie the girl will love and you won't hate it. It's not a bad movie, it's just not great. And damnit, I wanted great!

Lars and the Real Girl - another slice of life quirky comedy. This time focusing more on the quirky than the comedy. I wasn't expecting too much from this movie, and it was pretty good. Again, nothing earth-shattering, and I wouldn't run out to the theaters to watch it, but it's not bad. Again, not a bad date movie. For me this movie suffered the same fate as Juno as the trailer made me super hyped which inevitably led to disappointment. People making trailers are just getting too good at it as they create unrealistic expectations. I guess that's what happens when you condense the best parts of a movie into a 2-minute segment with appropriate music.

No Country for Old Men - one of the best movies I've ever seen. Wow. Wow. WOW. Violent, disturbing, haunting, beautiful, brilliant, eye-opening. I can use a lot of words to describe this movie as it accomplishes so much. The acting is un-friggin-believable. I usually don't care too much about acting unless it's really bad, but in this case it was just so damn good it's actually noticeable, which is quite the feat. Javier Bardem plays the part so damn well man... they should just give him the Oscar now, anything less deserves an oxygen tank to the head.

Now, I know the film has been getting mixed reviews from the general public, and I'll be totally honest. Right after the movie ended I had a big WTF? look on my face and felt rather unsatisfied. But after reading about the movie, and what it was REALLY trying to say, then I thought about it and it just started getting better and better until now I'm in love with it. So yes, the ending is messed, but it makes sense! If you're unsatisfied with the movie after you watch it then I recommend reading the Wikipedia entry for a decent analysis.

Go watch this movie. Now.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - I didn't think I'd like this movie as much as I did. But here we are. It's actually very funny, and at times ridiculously hilarious. I went in with low expectations because I hated Telledega Nights, but this one overall is just way better on every level. Definitely recommended.

Home video

Shooter - A very cool film. Marky Mark plays a bad-ass Marine Force Recon sniper that is setup by some jerks and has to clear his name. Nothing fresh about the story, but I love movies that deal with snipers and this one has a lot of technical details in it which is cool.

Grandma's Boy - a stupid and silly movie about a video game tester. It's about video games, so naturally I love it. Very VERY raunchy.

Art School Confidential - made by the same people as Grandma's Boy with mostly the same cast. This one however just wasn't that funny. It was more serious, and had some funny parts to it, but the main character was just so annoying. His friend says it best, he's the class douchebag. So why do I want to watch a movie dedicated to him?