Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Suzy's 4th of July Movie Reviews

I rented a stack of movies for this wonderful long holiday weekend. Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion and nothing more. So let's get to the reviews!

Failure to Launch - For the most part, I really liked this movie. I love Matthew McConaughey. Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw were funny and they were funny together. Even the "supporting players" were a lot of fun in the movie. The part that didn't fit for me? Sarah Jessica Parker. It seemed kind of like she was still trying to be Sex in the City when, um, it's not. It felt like she was still NYC when everyone else was casual and coastal. It just felt like she was showing up and doing her part when everyone else was actually enjoying it. And this is a very minor kind of thing, but I hated her hair. lol Overall, I liked the movie and I thought it was fun.

Memoirs of a Geisha - I have this book, and I'm glad I do. I think I would've been a lot more lost, especially at the beginning, had I not read the book before seeing this movie. I think they skipped over a lot of what happened in the book, which - to me - leaves the movie feeling a little disjointed. I suppose if you haven't read the book, that may not happen. This movie is definitely visually stunning. It's beautiful. I enjoyed this movie, but I think liked the book more.

Wedding Crashers - This movie is just frickin' funny. Plot-wise it's mostly what you expect, but that's no surprise. It's all the things that they throw in with it that make it so fun. A lot of gratuitous boob shots, but it's kind of worth it when you get to watch Dr. Quinn, Medical Woman trying to get felt up. You can't help but laugh!

The Sisters - I hadn't even heard of this movie when I saw it on the shelf. It had an amazing cast and the little summary sounded interesting, so I decided to go for it. I'm glad I did! It was dramatic and intense and suspenseful. It's based on a play, which you can kind of tell in the staging and dialogue, but I only found that mildly distracting. I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it.

Junebug - First off, the very beginning of this movie is so random and I love it. lol I have mixed feelings about this movie. I really liked parts of it and other parts... I'm thinking, "What the heck is this?" This movie is very subtle and it's definitely character driven. It's not about a big plot. It's about family dynamic. The dad in the movie is, I think, like a lot of quiet dads and very endearing. Amy Adams is great at being not quite up to speed and trying so hard to be liked. I think I liked it more than I didn't, but be warned that it had a few spots that I got bored. It had a few hot little sex scenes too! And how much of a little church girl am I (was I)? Of the two hymns they sang in the two church scenes, I knew both by heart. And I sang along.

The Big White - I hadn't heard of this movie either, but it also seemed to have a good cast and a good plot. It ended up being a dark comedy. A comedic tragedy? Something along those lines. As it went along, I wasn't sure I was liking it, but by the end I did. Holly Hunter was a trip. This isn't a movie I'd rave about, but it was alright and kept my interest.

On a random note, I rented two movies with Alessandro Nivola and two movies with Bradley Cooper, and none of them were the same movies. I didn't even realize it when I was at the video store. I just want to say that Alessandro has such deep, intense, expressive eyes in everything I've seen him in. Probably part of what makes him a good actor.

So let me know what you think - agree, disagree, tell me to keep my day job, whatever! :)



Blogger Liz said...

The only one I've seen is Wedding Crashers, but I did read Memoirs of a Geisha and realy loved it. I'd like to see Failure to Launch! I enjoyed Sarah Jessica Parker in The Family Stone.

July 04, 2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Failure to Launch was good. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Lisa over at wanderingpen.blogspot.com is a huge Bradley Cooper fan.

July 04, 2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I've wanted to watch Failure to Launch and Memoirs of a Geisha. I think I'll take your advice and read the book first though. :)

I have Junebug on hold at the library. Looking forward to the that one as well. Thanks for the great reviews. You're actually very good at it. Some people give away too much, but you say just enough to get someone interested. Maybe you could work for a movie company making the trailers. :)

July 05, 2006 1:54 AM  
Blogger dirk.mancuso said...

I L-O-V-E-D Memoirs of a Geisha. As a book. The movie left me rather cold. The reduction of Nobu's role undercut the emotional payoff the film should have had. But yes, it was beautiful to look at.

I loved me some WEDDING CRASHERS. Vince Vaughn rules in that film ("Did you motor boat her? You did...you motor boating son of a b***h!") I bought this one so I could laugh whenever I wanted to. And how cute is Rachel McAdams?

July 05, 2006 12:25 PM  
Blogger His suzy said...

Thanks, Roxanne. Maybe that can be my new job once I move. lol

Dirk, that line in Wedding Crashers was so dang funny! I was glad it came complete with his demonstration because at first mention I didn't know what he was talking about. lol

And I'm glad I'm not the only one that preferred Geisha book to Geisha movie.

July 05, 2006 12:28 PM  

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