Josh and I watch a lot of movies. You could say it is our favorite pastime. We watch all sorts of different movies, from action to romance, from animated to drama, and from classics to documentaries. We love movies, but don’t always love all the movies we watch. I cannot believe how many duds we actually waste our time on. We would like to share a few of the movies we have watched lately (which seems to be a ton when you have a laid-up husband) and our thoughts on them, along with a grade, similar to what we have done before.
We are not sure why, of all the Pixar movies, they would choose to make a sequel to the weakest Pixar movie, but they did, and it wasn’t great. As funny as Tow Mater is, he’s supposed to be the comic relief, not the main character. I’m sure 8 year olds may love this movie, but we did not.
Josh and I thought this movie was cute, but only cute. While the animation is great, the music if very fun, and the story also entertaining, it wasn’t phenomenal. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I really don’t like Jesse Eisenberg, especially his voice!
I really like Ryan Reynolds and enjoy super hero movies (though Josh does not like super hero movies). This one is definitely more sci-fi than say Spider-Man. But, I really enjoyed this one! It’s pretty much the same old story, but it was fun. The only thing I didn’t like – seeing people’s skeletons being ripped and sucked into the big evil guy. Gross.
The Green Hornet
I cannot stand the main actor’s voice, Seth Rogan. Too deep, too gravely, all the time. The movie was humorous and entertaining, but not great overall.
Captain America: The First Avenger
I actually really enjoyed this one! I thought it was pretty awesome. I just loved how noble and courageous he was throughout the story. He was a man to admire I think. The romance was great too. It had humor and action. The only thing I didn’t like – the gore. I do not want to see blood spattering in the fan blades of an airplane after a man flys into it. Seriously gross. I hate gorey things.
I Am Number Four
Another sci-fi alien/super hero kind of movie. This one was a tad different, too long, and the romance was kind of lame. It really seemed like it would make a better TV show than a movie, something fit for like the WB or something, especially considering the “to be continued” type ending. I enjoyed it, but not all of it.
X-Men: First Class
I really liked this one, even though it was perhaps pretty cheesy at time. I really enjoy the X-men series, and have a “thing” for Hugh Jackman. Anyways… This was a really cool movie and explained to me (who hasn’t read the comics) how the story began.
I didn’t watch all of this one (really I just caught the end), but what I did see made me know that this movie was stupid. It was exceptionally cheesy and weird. Plus, I think Chris Hemsworth is ugly in this movie. Correct me if I’m wrong about this movie (or him).
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Classic Johnny Depp doing his pirate thing, classic ending, classic beginning and middle. Of course nothing is as simple as it sounds and things tend to get a bit strange in this movie and not make complete sense as in the other Pirates movies. I would say the movie was okay, just like the other ones. Entertaining, but that’s all.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Josh and I are not huge Transformers fans. Mostly because we feel they are always just “okay.” The same we’ll say for its latest installment. So much action, so little story. Fun idea about the need to land a man on the moon.
We actually really enjoyed this one. The idea behind it is really cool, though seemed hard to seem plausible. There’s a little romance, and a lot of mystery. I would recommend watching this one.
The Adjustment Bureau
Josh loves Matt Damon and we watch pretty much every movie he’s in (unless it’s rated R). This one was good. I generally enjoy “fate” movies and this one was good. Some (or maybe much) of it was predictable, but we liked it.
While Josh and I greatly enjoyed Liam Neeson’s previous action movie – Taken – this one wasn’t as good. This one has mystery and problems to solve, but overall just seemed to be okay. It just wasn’t all that memorable.
I checked this movie out from the library on a whim and we loved it! It’s about a real woman named Temple Grandin who has autism and struggles to complete college, her masters, and then the working world (her work involving cows of all things!). The movie is funny and lighthearted, but also motivational and a must-see for anyone who knows someone with autism. I loved it! Josh actually met (or heard speak) Temple Grandin at Utah Valley University while he was there.
I randomly chose this one. And while the beginning definitely kept us guessing and into it, the story ended up not really proving a point. It was a lot of action, killing, interesting cinematography and music, with not a lot of depth to the plot. I guess we were hoping to see her overcome something other than killing everyone. It ends so abrupt.
My Kid Could Paint That
This is another movie I recently picked up the library. I wrote a very thorough review about it on my art blog. Click HERE to read it. When talking about documentary quality, it wasn’t phenomenal, and the story wasn’t super riveting, but it was interesting, especially to me, an artist.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
This movie was surprisingly awesome. It met Josh and my video game day dreams and inner-nerd. It was very original, fun, and entertaining. The only thing we didn’t like was Scott’s promiscuous gay roommate (the problem wasn’t that he was gay… it was him being in bed with several different guys throughout the movie). This movie is definitely weird, but strangely awesome.
Very funny, but also one of those stressful movies that are so hard to watch because you know a train-wreck will happen any moment! Sometimes I get very annoyed by Vince Vaughn’s constant shouting and freaking out. There were definitely some original moments in this movie though.
This movie was by far WAY too long, and still had a “to be continued” ending. It definitely wasn’t the typical slap-stick version of what happens when your best friend sleeps with your fiance. It didn’t rush into the “typical” ending of its conterparts. And I seriously hated Ginnifer Goodwin with bangs. It bothered me the whole movie.
There are so many more movies I could review… but this list is getting really long… If you ever want to get a movie recommendation though, or know if a movie is any good, or want to know our opinion on a movie, feel free to ask the Fagans. We try to tell it as it is.
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