I have seen a lot of movies recently and here are just a couple of quick reviews.
John Carter – One of the worst things Disney ever made. Seriously? They spent $250 million making this crap and then additional money trying to market it. It’s reported that they are going to lose $200 million on this. What a waste. The movie stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights series, X-Men Origins:Wolverine) as a man who gets transported to Mars and helps fight for one side in a war to save the people. Of course there is a love interest who is supposed to marry someone else to save her people but falls for John Carter. It’s just utterly ridiculous. The only good thing I could say about the movie is the special effects weren’t bad. That’s about it. John Carter is in theaters now.
Friends With Kids – I have to admit I didn’t love this movie. I really really wanted to. The cast has some great people in it; Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live; Bridesmaids), John Hamm (Mad Men, Bridesmaids), Adam Scott (Parks And Recreation, Party Down) and Maya Rudolph (Up All Night, Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids). The movie is about 2 best friends who become the only single and childless people in their group of friends. After seeing what having kids does to their friends marriages they come to the grand decision that they should have a child together and avoid that whole marriage thing with each and date other people. You already know how this one ends. It started out going well and then just became such a cliche. The thing is this movie might actually be good but I just had such high expectations and for me it fell short. I think Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) is talented (She wrote, produced, directed and starred in the movie) but I believe another actress should have played her part. I don’t know who but someone different. It was your basic romantic comedy that tried to be grown up by having a lot of sex jokes. Anyway check it out in theaters now.
Jeff Who Lives At Home – This was the most random movie. When I saw it I didn’t know where it would go but where it did go was random and a little unexpected but all in a good way. This movie stars Jason Segel (The Muppets, How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as a 30 year old who is just wandering aimlessly through life looking for signs as to what his destiny in life is. It also stars Ed Helms (Hangover, The Office, Cedar Rapids) as his brother and Susan Sarandon (Enchanted, Step Mom, Solitary Man) as his mother. When Jeff is sent on an errand by his mother, he goes on a random adventure which brings him to cross paths with his family in random locations and circumstances. Through the journey, Jeff might find his path after all. It was pretty good in an unexpected kind of way. Jeff Who Lives At Home is playing in limited release.
Seeking Justice – Another Nicolas Cage movie. Sigh. The movie is about a man whose wife is attacked and he is approached by a vigilante group that takes care of the attacker in exchange for a “favor.” January Jones (Mad Men, X-Men:First Class), Guy Pearce (Memento, The King’s Speech), and Harold Perrineau (Lost, The Best Man, Romeo and Juliet) also star in the movie. I went into this with really low expectations. I really expected crap. But I was wrong. It ended up being a not so horrid movie. Believe me its not great and January Jones is just as terrible as ever and Nicolas Cage is clearly phoning it in but it wasn’t awful. I would give it a C. Seeking Justice is playing now in limited release.
Casa de mi Padre
– Stars Will Ferrell (Old School, Talladega Nights
), Gael Garcia Bernal (Letters to Juliet, Amores Perros, Motorcycle Diaries
), and Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Milk
). This movie is about a family that ends up in a war with a big drug dealer. It is done in the style of a wayyy over the top telenovela. I didn’t like this movie much. It was absolutely ridiculous. It might have been because according to my friend, a lot was lost in translation. There were many things that were said in Spanish (which the entire movie is in) that are hilarious in that language but when translated and put into English subtitles is not at all. I thought it was going to be hilarious; stupid but hilarious. That’s what Will Ferrell does. I would say Redbox and Netflix when it comes out on DVD. Don’t waste your time. But if you do, it’s playing in limited release now.