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Saturday, August 11, 2012

More summer movies

By thomascrenshaw (Katy Perry at YouTube Live) 
Snow White and the Huntsman
Not nearly as lame as we thought it was going to be. In fact, it may be the best live-action version of this story that we’ve ever seen (Leeard enjoys Snow White: A Tale of Terror though). Kristen Stewart did a good job acting, believe it or not. She made a stirring speech that could have fallen flat, but it ended up being rousing. We liked the dark touches, special effects, and emphasis on Snow’s courage/integrity compared to the queen. Maybe good character is what made her more beautiful than Charlize Theron? Because just looks-wise…sorry Kristen. It was maybe a little too long.
Movie grade: B+

Magic Mike
This movie was poorly advertised. Everyone thought it was going to be a fun, sexy comedy for the ladies. Really, it was a serious movie about pride, falling into the wrong crowd, and losing your way. Sure, there were a few funny dancing scenes, but Magic Mike mostly worked as an after-school-special with a pretty good/believable romance. If you come, be prepared to watch a good movie with some substance and a stellar ending, not a mindless romp.
Movie grade: B+

Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The beginning was funny. The ending was manipulative, but sweet and welcome. The middle was a little boring. The movie was underwhelming, overall. Not terrible though, if you have to watch it.
Movie grade: C+

Katy Perry: Part of Me
Surprisingly fun. Katy was impressive as a performer and likeable as a person. She mostly showed only a few of her attributes: 1) she’s fun, 2) she’s smart, 3) she’s weird and happy all the time, 4) she works hard, and 5) she misses Russell Brand and still believes in love. So yeah, she didn’t show too many of her weaknesses or much of her actual life. You know she has some faults (other than being sad about getting divorced), but the movie didn’t show them. It described her history, which was interesting. Overall, it was kind of inspiring and entertaining.
Movie grade: B+

This movie was so disappointing. Some of the lines were unintentionally funny. All of the characters were shallow, stupid, and unlikeable. We were bored. Some of the violence and Salma Hayek got our attention. The violence was a little much. This movie would have been better with first choice Jennifer Lawrence instead of Blake Lively because J-Lawr could have brought some gravity and substance to the role. We had high expectations for this one.
Movie grade: C-

Hope Springs
This movie is about two old people trying to rekindle intimacy in their marriage, so it’s kind of a rom-com that you don’t normally get to see. If that sounds good to you, go see it. It’s cute. If the subject matter sounds like it would bore you or make you uncomfortable (there’s some old-people sex and bawdy humor), don’t go see it. This will come down to personal taste. A lot of the movie is really depressing, but you do care about the couple. Plus, the acting is stellar. Of course. If you’re old, female, and have been married a long time, you’ll probably love it. We liked it because you so rarely get a movie about couples at this stage in their relationship.
Movie grade: B

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