Monday, April 30, 2012

The Five Year Engagement

If you liked Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppet Movie, then run to buy a ticket because this is the same type of "it's all going to work out in the end" type of movie. Why? Because of Jason Segel, that's why. A wise man said that romantic comedies only work if you actually FEEL this couple is worth it. Now, I didn't. I thought Emily Blunt was woefully miscast- though she does act her heart out it just should be the heart that Jason Segel chooses. Segel may not be exceedingly handsome but to me, Blunt is not very attractive and certainly gives off no aura of sexual attractiveness at all. She is just bland and plain and not someone who, on the big screen, makes the audience believe that she is worth the pain she has handed out. The actual script is clever and believable. Segel is great- a real muppet of a man. But I felt the movie dragged because I couldn't understand why Segel would want to waste years of his life for her.  Sigh.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cabin in the Woods

Let's get this straight- this movie got a 93% on the tomatometer for a reason. Don't ruin it for yourself by looking up a synposis- just go with it. I will say this much- it is far more a science fiction film than it is a horror movie. I am not sure why it is in the horror genre. Five teen agers go to a cabin in the woods where there is no cell phone coverage, no landlines, no other people, etc. And there is murder afoot!
But this is not like any horror film you've ever seen. It is funny, has great special effects, etc. It has gore upon gore, zombies, evil scientists and scary moments. It has the overdone musical score, too.  It deserves a good rating from me mostly because it is inventive, well written and clever. Not something you often see.  Unlike the Scream series, it truly has something to think about at the end. If it were YOU, what would you do? I can't say much else because anything else would spill the guts, so to speak. By the way, my answer to that question is not the noble one.

American Reunion

They are all back. Every last one of them. And if you are a fan of this franchise, you could probably either write the script, or at least yell out the next scene from the audience. It's gross, funny, silly, immature and predictable. But it's the old gang, and there is something always fun about that. I liked it and so did the rest of the audience. There is no use giving the plot in any way- pointless. It's just the same jokes with the same people, and that's fine by me.