IDK was here from the 2nd till the 8th. When he is here I rent movies from Redbox for us to watch. it is the only time I rent movies from Redbox. I let him suggest the movies and then I choose. Although I also let him go get the movies from the box sometimes so sometimes he chose movies I would have vetoed. Like "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" which we could have watched on Netflix at no additional charge. But it was only $1.30 each for movies so it's not a big deal.
We watched: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:
I had forgotten I watched the first movie with IDK last year when he was here. I quite enjoyed it. I knew most of the plot from reading the book. And I didn't mind the romance between the wood elf and the dwarf. Marilyn watched it with us and I had to keep explaining who people were to her. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters:
I have read the books so I pretty much knew what was going to happen. But they left out a lot. I have no problem with adaptation. They have to cut things for movies. IDK pointed out that Percy is older than in the books and they had to change the prophesy to say things would happen before he was 20 instead of before he was 16. So I talked to him about how people don't mind bad things happening to children in books because they can't see the children, but in movies they have to make the characters older or people get upset. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2:
I had already watched it on Netflix. But the animation of the foodimals
was so cool and detailed I enjoyed watching it on a bigger screen. I also loved the parody of Apple computer culture. Monsters University:
We watched this with J. It is a typical college buddy movie. Not as original as Monsters Inc. Very predictable. Man of Steel:
Also watched with J. This was surprisingly good. I thought it got mixed reviews. I liked the reboot. I had never seen Kriptonion animals before. And General Zod's backstory
and motivation were clearer and less "evil". I think this move would be good for a young person who didn't have much experience with Superman. There was a lot of Christ imagery. The article I linked to about Zod talks about Superman as God among men and even though the article was written before the movie came out it got everything about the movie right. Planes:
This is part of the "Cars" franchise. It's the story of a crop duster who wants to be a racing plane. So he enters the "Wings Around the Globe" Rally. The main plot is about him trying to win and the favorite trying to sabotage him. But there was also a sub plot about the grounded old war plane who was mentoring him. All a bit cliched and predictable.Despicable Me 2:
I loved the first movie where Felonius Gru, the villain of the title, adopts three little orphan girls as part of his evil plot and learns about love. So I wasn't sure where they were going to go with this. The movie starts out with Gru being a good father to his adopted daughters, and avoiding a busybody neighbor who keeps trying to set him up on dates. And then he is kidnapped by the Anti-Villain League who want him to find out who has stolen a dangerous chemical that turns peaceful animals into monsters. The AVL pairs him with agent Lucy Wilde who is a perfect match for him. From there on it is a romantic comedy with a humorous action movie sub-plot. I thought this was just as good as the first movie. I love the character of Gru and I enjoyed the continued positive development of his life journey. He still has his minions and his evil scientist in the basement. Lone Ranger:
This move got a lot of bad reviews but I wanted to see it anyway. It was better than I thought it would be. I think people didn't like it because it wasn't what they thought it would be. I blame the advertizing, but also the plot is a bit mixed.
It was mostly a buddy Western comedy, like "Shanghai Noon
". There are a lot of really funny moments, and a ten minute fight scene on two moving trains that involves a horse and a ladder.
But it had some really dark moments, like the Lone Ranger's brother being killed, and the killer cutting out his heart and eating it. Or the scene where the Comanches are massacred with Gatling guns.
I don't think Johnny Depp's portrayal of Tonto was bad or offensive. The character was written as a man who was deeply traumatized by the murder of his village when he was a child. He didn't act the way he did because he was an Indian, he acted the way he did because he was unhinged by survivor's guilt. Although I can understand the Native American community being annoyed that a real Native American didn't get the job. In this day and age people really should play their own race. That said I'm not sure anyone other than Johnny Depp could have played that complex of a character that well. It really was Tonto's movie. It was the story of how Tonto used the Lone Ranger to try to undo what he had done as a child that led to the death of his family. I didn't even learn the Lone ranger's name, he was just that clueless white guy Tonto was dragging through all these situations, because Tonto had a mission. Pacific Rim:
This movie was so familiar I was surprised it wasn't based on any particular franchise. Giant monsters are coming out of the ocean floor through a wormhole to another dimension (or something like that). So every country on the Pacific Rim built giant robot suits, that take at least two people to operate, to fight the giant monsters. Not really practical, but hey it's a trope of the manga and anime genre. Things are getting worse and the wormhole needs to be closed. There are lots of epic battles between giant robots and giant monsters. The A plot is a robot pilot who's brother was killed in battle so he needs a new partner, a Chinese woman, who he falls in love with. Some people would say that was the B plot, but really stories are about people. The protagonist is the pilot and what he wants is to heal from his brother's death. Saving the world from monsters is just the MacGuffin
I was more interested in the two science geeks in the R&D department: Charlie Day as Dr. Newton "Newt" Geiszler the biologist, and Burn Gorman as Dr Hermann Gottlieb the mathematician and physicist. The scientists have to figure out how to stop the monsters. See I told you stopping the monsters was the B plot. They are a perfect comedy duo. And Newt has some good scenes with Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau the black market monster body parts dealer. I could watch a whole movie about these three guys and skip the romantic drama. I checked out wikipedia and found out there is a Ron Perlman Easter egg after the credits. I would like to watch this again. When I am not as tired as I was the first time.
Everything this Honest Trailer says is true.