Posts Tagged ‘romance’

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#11: 17 Again

January 30, 2011

So what’s it about?: A grown man gets a second chance at high school and all the chaos that ensues there when he wakes up to realize he’s 17 Again!

The Good: Okay, so this may be 13 Going on 30 reversed (which is really just Big with different genders…) but it’s still a fun, funny film and an entertaining 90 minutes.  And Zac Efron does a good job breaking out from the musical genre and stepping into this comedy.  Now if only he could stay away from those soapy teen dramas…. –cough- Charlie St. Cloud –cough-.

The Bad: So, yes, this does get a bit over-the-top, cheesy and predictable, but, hey, sometimes that’s exactly what you want in a film!

The Verdict: If you want some a nice, fluffy comedy than this is a respectable pick.

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#7: Blue Valentine

January 14, 2011

First film in theaters!  Followed by many more to come.

So what’s it about?: Split between their present and the much more blissful past, Blue Valentine chronicles a single couple as chaos ensues to bring them together and tear them apart.

The Good: Many films in recent times have been about couples breaking up, because movies about finding Happily Ever After just aren’t cool anymore.  But this is by far the most heartbreaking, realistic of them all, especially with the pitch perfect acting from both Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.

The Bad: Yeah, so it’s a good film, but the problem with the sad, realistic films is that they don’t have a rewatchability factor.  Because at the end, you kind of just feel shitty and jaded and there’s no point in the film where upon exiting the theater you think to yourself “OMG, I loved that part!  I really want to see it again!”  And that’s what helps to make a good film into a great film.

The Verdict: Yes, this is the most heartbreaking break-up film I’ve ever seen, but let’s be honest, (500) Days of Summer did the break up better, and made you feel good in the end.

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#77: It’s Complicated

March 8, 2010

So what’s it about?: Love forms a triangle, chaos ensues, and it gets a little complicated.

The Good: John Krasinski should be arrested for stealing this film.  He was HILARIOUS and frankly the funniest part of this movie.  But to give the movie credit, it did have a couple genuine laughs.

The Bad: For a comedy, this movie was kind of depressing.  I mean, you know in any movie about a love triangle (which, lets face it, is every rom-com ever) you know someone is going to get hurt, but they usually don’t have you rooting for all three characters!  Sadly, there just wasn’t enough funny to pull of the dramatic aspect without feeling a little depressed.  (500) Days of Summer pulled off the balance, It’s Complicated did not.

The Verdict: Forget this movie, lets just have an actually funny comedy with just John Krasinski.  Now that would be worth watching.

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#20: The Time Traveler’s Wife

October 5, 2009

timetravelerswifeSo, recently I ended my job at the movie theatre and moved to sunny California, because where else should a movie buff in training live?  Hollywood, right!  And my last free movie at my old theatre was this gem.

So what’s it about?: A guy has a genetic defect that causes him to jump through time involuntarily.  Naturally, he has to go fall in love, so him and his wife attempt to lead a normal while he’s jumping back and forth through time.  Chaos naturally ensues.

The Good: Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.  Need I say more?

The Bad: What a spectacularly sappy piece of crap.  It’s like some romantic attempted to understand an entirely nerdy concept such as time travel and ended up looking like a fool.  Frankly, I couldn’t take any of this movie seriously because it broke so many time travel paradoxes.  Not to mention the ending is lame.  And the drama seems contrived.

The Verdict: Maybe the book’s better (what am I saying, OF COURSE the book is better!) so go check that out instead.  Frankly, unless you really like sappy romantic dramas with a sci-fi twist, stay far, far away from this mess of a film!