Movies!

Today, class, I’ll talk about movies.

First will be We Own The Night. I got a free pass through a friend, and was able to see it last night. I’m not a big detective/cop/mob movie kinda gal, but this one looked good (maybe it was Joaquin that drew me in initially, but I really did think it might be interesting), so I thought what the hell? And a free pass to any movie is worth your time. Do you know how much those stinkin’ movies cost nowadays?

Anyway, the movie was good overall; a bit slow in parts, but I didn’t mind that much. At least it wasn’t just another ‘let’s kill everyone and make sure there’s a lot of blood and don’t worry if the action overshadows the plot’ movies. It wasn’t a hard movie to follow or figure out. It didn’t delve into the characters too much, but they weren’t disposable either, if you know what I mean. There were two scenes that had me genuinely nervous and concerned for the characters, which is more than I can say for Across the Universe (more on that in a sec). If you go see this movie, let’s talk about that scene in the rain.

So, has anyone else seen Across the Universe (besides those I went to the movie with)? I really expected a lot from the movie, and was subsequently quite disappointed with it. The characters were flimsy and stale. The movie tried to tell too many stories at once, so you ended up not caring about any of them. Well, I cared for Max’s story, but he was the one in Vietnam. I never cared much for anyone else.

One good thing about the movie was the music (all covers of Beatles songs). While I didn’t care for everyone’s voice (Jude and Lucy sounded like every other musical theatre major in the world), I enjoyed the fact that I actually heard the lyrics and was able to take more away from the songs than I had in previous listenings.

So ends my movie review. Class dismissed.

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One Response

  1. I did see “Across the Universe” with you but I’ll comment anyway. I agree with your assessment of the characters. Honestly, I didn’t really know what to expect from the movie, but I got what I wanted out of it. The cinematography was fun, though not entirely unique, and I was entertained by watching what they did with the songs and the footage. It was kinda like a long music video. The story was lame, but I found the movie entertaining nonetheless.

    Dominic and I plan to see “We Own the Night.” I’ll let you know when we do, and we can talk about the rain scene.

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