Movie review time!
So last week our oldest daughter Keisha came home for a holiday visit, to our delight and to the surprise of the younger kids who didn’t know she was coming. It was wonderful. And it just so happened that two of the things we had planned were trips to the movie theater.
Last Tuesday, Keisha, Aislinn and I went to see Into the Woods. My other girl, Kathryn, was supposed to join us but she was suffering with a really bad cold and we didn’t want to expose her to other people in a theater. She was not happy, but she understood.
Well, it’s no secret that I love theater, especially live theater and Hollywood has been happily obliging this love of mine by occasionally turning great musicals into movies. With the exception of Rock of Ages, which, in my humble opinion, was butchered as a film. Nevertheless, for the most part I am truly loving musicals when they are theatrically released.
So, Into the Woods. What a spectacular film! The cast was on point, with the young boy who had played Gavroche in Les Miz playing Jack (of beanstalk fame) and a girl playing Little Red with the most amazing voice!!
For those of you with small children who have seen trailers and know that this movie is about fairy tales, be forewarned, it is NOT for small children. Most of us have forgotten, or never really knew in the first place, that fairytales were originally stories of warning invented to scare young children and teach lessons, not the watered down fairy tales that we have all been Disney-fied to over the years, as magical as those are. Into the Woods focuses on the original stories where people die, are blinded, cut off body parts and basically not all endings are happy ones. I, who went through a huge phase as a teenager obsessing over original Grimm’s Tales, loved it. Small kids would likely be very scared.
The other thing of note is the wolf/little red scenes. I’ve not seen in so many years a pair of songs so saturated in sexual innuendo. Both disturbing and hilarious. And then disturbing again.
All in all, I really loved it and have already bought the soundtrack. Now that Kathryn is better I might even go and see it again….you know, for her sake.
Then, on Friday, Keisha and I went to see Unbroken. The movie that is getting all kinds of conversation going about how it’s being shut out of the Oscar nominations. Something about how Angelina Jolie is difficult to work with. Well, I don’t care if she is difficult or not as a director in this film, she was brilliant. First of all, I love true stories (or based on true stories) and this one was incredible. The story itself is gut-wrenching and achingly sad and strong but what moved me into connecting so hard with this characters (brilliantly played, by the way) was the cinematography. I *felt* the roaring of those planes. I cringed in my seat when the bullets flew and I braced myself when the plane crashed. Because I really felt it. Jolie managed to really put me into the story and that is not easy to do in movies.
It’s a long movie, but it’s totally worth it and anyone who watches (or tries to watch) all the nominated movies every year as I do will hopefully agree with me that this is being shut out for petty reasons, not because it doesn’t deserve to be up there among the best of the best of the year.
Anyway, we have one more request from the fam to see this year. Night at the Museum three. Yes, our kids are all older, but we love “kids” movies just as much as we love “adult” ones and this movie looks just as funny, if not more so, than the first two so we’re going to try to make a night of it.
I hope you all had wonderful holidays and are welcoming in the new year with optimism and happiness.