The Illusionist

After a quick “”intermission”” that involved a trip to the Garment District to spend a Groupon on a messenger bag, and a hot dog and ice cream at the conession stand, I came right back for The Illusionist. This is the third nominee for Animated Feature (shared with Toy Story 3 and How To Train Your Dragon). Short summation: Srsly? This is what beat out Tangled?

The film was only 90 minutes, but it felt waaaaay longer than the day’s previous film. It was silent (dialogue-wise)for the most part, and the majority of the minimal dialogue was gibberish. The AFI project proved that I dont do well with silent films. So that there was already a major point against it.

The animation itself was good, I’ll give it that. With all the computer animation clogging the theaters, hand drawn animation makes my heart go giddy. I liked some of the little touches, like the awkward hands behind the back stance that the magician often took. I didnt find the visual humor too funny (a common theme for me) but there were those in the audience who seemed to appreicate it.

I also just couldnt suspend disbelief enough to get into the storyline. Couple reasons for that. When it comes to magic (as in magicians, not genies or other such beings), the fun for me is in figuring out the puzzle of how its done. Animated movies cheat there. Then, I just couldnt understand how the magician let the little girl follow him across the country without so much as putting up a fight against it. From there it just got borderline pedofile creepy. On top of that, I liked the little girl at first, until she started making the poor magician buy her more and more shit. She’d ditch him as he’d work these odd jobs just to keep her happy. WTF?! Not what I’d expect in an (arguably) kiddie film.

I hate giving low ratings to critically acclaimed films, but as far as personal opinion, I feel I’m being generous. That half point is for the animation.

The Illusionist – \m/ \n”

Biutiful

“I actually saw these yesterday, but I came straight home to nap before running off to a midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show-ing so I didnt get a chance to do the write ups. And now Im most of the way thru ExpDelTop100 #78 so this is gonna be on the short side.

The lack of interesting film fare at the usual major release theaters promted me to watch a couple of this year’s Academy Award nominees that were low on my priority list. At this point, I’ve now seen all of the majors except one supporting actress (Jackie Weaver for Animal Kingdom), one screen play (Another Year), and a couple of costumes I think.

This one’s actually up for two Oscars: foreign film (Mexico) and best actor (Javier Bardem). Foreign film is always a crap shoot because of the special screening thing for voting, so I usually dont make an effort there. But I do try to see all the major acting nominees if at all possible.

I can definitely see how he earned the nod, although Im not sure if the flick would have gotten the notice it did Bardem not been cast. It almost certainly wouldnt have scored another actor the nomination, given that a lot of the last minute push that snuck him in (arguably stealing the spot from Ryan Gosling) was Julia Roberts’ screening party of the film.

Moving on to talk about the actual film now.

Bardem was fantastic. The rest of the film didnt impress me. For starters, it was a whopping 2 and a half hours. That’s a long time to sit thru a foreign film. It actually took some effort for me to get used to dealing with the subtitles. THe problem is that I do understand Spanish pretty well, but there was usually a word here and there I’d hafta check the subtitles for. That meant that I was thinking in two languages at the same time, and it was a good half hour or so until I could resolve the two. Im also used to watching movies at home with the subtitles on (instead of having to toggle volume) so that confused my brain even more.

Besides that, it felt like the film went in a few too many directions without any real cohesion between them. I think it could have done without the whole psychic storyline. That just didnt fit. But despite all that was going on, it seemed like a lot of important details and relationships weren’t explained well enough early on. Then it felt like nothing was really happening. Just kinda tough to sit through.

One more positive I will give it, it was a very emotional film. There was a scene towards the end that really choked me up, and had me preemptively reaching for the tissues. The emotion conveyed on screen throughout was so strong, again proving Bardem worthy of the nomination. However, its not exactly something I’d feel the need to watch again.

Biutiful – \m/ \m/

The Green Hornet

“This is so weird for me. Long weekend, and only one movie outing planned. There’s a couple of maybe movies, but none are playing at the Fenway, and none are worth a trek. Im still trying to convince myself that I really dont need to see every flick that I’ve ever heard of that’s playing. Especially when I just shelled out sixteen bucks because the showing I went to happened to be the RPX one.

When I got there, it didnt seem to be the most promising theater experience. As I said after Tron, Im not completely sold on the value of RPX. I didnt check beforehand which screen time it was, or even if this was the RPX film (although I knew it had to be). I just went with the one that fit my day best. I had a lil time to hit the arcade. I needed to replace some laundry quarters the roomie borrowed, so instead of just using the singles I had, I decided to put my five in the change machine…and then noticed that I was given tokens instead of quarters. FML. I blew a few on the crane game (that still decides on occassion to drop the crane when it feels like it), then played a bit of Indianna Jones pinball. I actually started doing really well on my second try at pinball (despite dealing with the right flipper that sticks), to the point where I missed a good chunk of previews.

Oh before I go any further, a friend pointed out that one of my recent entries is featured on Boston.com’s movie page. (Here’s a screenshot in case its not up anymore). Wicked cool!

Back to the movie, or more accurately, gonna start in on the movie now.

Once again, its the expectations game. I think we’ve established I go to the movies A LOT. Therefore, its safe to say Ive got a pretty good handle on the whole thing. I bring this up to illustrate that I know how the movie schedule tends to work. Your big budget action movies get released in the summer, typically starting with your big franchises in May and your franchise hopefuls July maybe. January is used for two things: award hopefuls and subpar action flicks. If you’re releasing an action movie in January, it means that you wouldnt expect it to hold up against a (hopefully) explosive summer. But if its released in Jan with no competition in its genre, it might do okay. Knowing this, it tends to set the bar a little lower when I walk into a Jan movie. Therefore, expectations were cautious. All that said, I did enjoy the film, and I do feel it was released at the right time. I liked it for what it was, and I feel it may have been a slight disappointment in the summer (although it may have done well in August, the last chance summer spot)

It did take the film quite a while to ramp up. The first 3/4 of it was decent, but nothing dazzling. During that time, I really liked when the fight scenes shifted to Kato’s perspective. Otherwise, nothing was really wowing me. I wouldnt say I was bored, but I was dangerously close. Then it just lightened up like whoa once we hit the climax action sequence. There was a lot more humor (best performance by a USB drive ever!), and the stunts were intentionally over the top (think one notch below Planet Terror). I felt that suited the film a lot better, especially since it was led by Seth Rogen.

Casting Rogen as Britt Reid really puzzled me. I expected him to be really outta place, and he almost was. There were aspects of the character that fit him, and others that were kinda forced. He fell into the swing by that shift at the end, which would be a great jumping off platform if they plan to turn this into a franchise. Notably he also co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg (his cohort behind Superbad).

For me, though, it was all about Jay Chou’s Kato. Great combination of deadpan and badass. I dont wanna say I didnt care about Britt Reid, but he wasnt nearly as interesting as Kato. I just got a thought of how awesome it’d be to pair Chou with Jackie Chan. Their styles are very compatable.

Loved Christoph Waltz as baddie Chudnofsky. While I often knock Oscar winners for the inevitable “”big budget action movie”” they do soon after their win (totally contradicting my sentiment that I have mad respect for them to be able to juggle both sides of Hollywood), I feel this was a good choice for him. Fun role (again, love seeing that) that will get him on track to being more recognized in Hollywood. Even though Im apprehensive of the film itself, I really cannot wait to see him in God of Carnage next year.

Major buzz points go to the hardest working man in Hollywood, Mr James Franco, for his brief appearance at the beginning. Definitely the best surprise in the film for me. If you dont believe me that he’s the hardest working man in Hollywood (I know that phrase is cliche), EW had an article recently that included his schedule for this one particular day. He was filming until 3 AM, woke up a few hours later, filmed something he was also directing, went to PhD classes at two different schools in two different states, and some other miscellaney.

Overall, how did this action flick hold up for a die hard action junkie? It was enough of an adrenaline fix for this time of the year. Again, kinda lukewarm for most of the film, but the last big sequence totally made it worthwhile. The same goes for the 3D. It wasnt utilized to its potential up until that point. This is one of the few 3D’s now where you are actually given a choice for the third dimension, and Im gonna say its (marginally) worth it. Dont rearrange your plans if the 2D time works better, but there’s some cool stuff if you spring for the shiny one.

The Green Hornet – \m/ \m/ \m/

Blue Valentine

“Whoops. Just now realized that I still hadnt done this write up. My bad.

As much as I despise the Common, the location is so damn convenient. Once again I had two choices for viewing this film: the Kendall or the Common. But the common was earlier and closer to home. Guess as much as I dislike it, I can put up with some of the annoyances for those other points, specially when Im not going at a peak time.

Crap. Once again getting distracted by Sesame Street videos. I swear, Im six years old. Hmm, maybe then Blue Valentine was above my maturity level.

Unless you’re as tuned into the indie movie/festival darling/Oscar hopeful scene as I am, you’re prolly scratching your head at this one. But its been getting quite a bit of talk on that circuit since Sundance I think. Its a romantic film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, following them simultaneously thru the start and end of their relationship and marriage. The reason for the buzz is the top notch acting. So far the two have earned Golden Glob nods, and Academy Award ones aren’t that much of a stretch.

I think Im inclined to agree with them. Although its not entirely a I-was-blown-away-by-this-performance sorta thing. It was a combination of that-was-a-really-good-performance and I-really-\m/-love-this-person both for Gosling and Williams. While most of Gosling’s fangirls have been following him since The Notebook in ’04 (which I have yet to see) I’ve been cruashing on this MMC alum since Murder By Numbers two years before that. Personal opinion, Id say his best is Lars and the Real Girl, which he was oh so close to getting an Oscar nomination for. He did get the Globe nod for that and an Oscar one the year before for Half Nelson. While he wouldnt stand a chance of winning against Colin Firth, it’d be nice to at least see him on the list again. I know, I haven’t even said one damn word about his actual performance. I loved it. What is it with these sweet but damaged types Ive been falling in love with on the screen this weekend (thinkin about Country Strong’s Beau). I loved the tenderness he had, with his playful charm, but intensity and passion on the other side of the coin. I really did believe that his girl was everything to him, and I could see it in everything he did. Doesnt take much for me to imagine what it was about The Notebook that got him such a following.

Ms Michelle Williams is all growed up from her days on the creek. Dawson’s Creek that is, of course. She too had such fire and raw emotion in the role, especially in the scenes that were later in the chronology. Really, it was almost like she was two different people between the early scenes and the later ones. I dont mean that it was disconnected or disjointed in any way, because it certainly wasnt. I just mean that there was such an apparent change in her, executed brilliantly.

Key fact I havent mentioned: the film plays out of sequence. Scenes from the end of the relationship are mixed in with the ones from the beginning. For the most part, the two halves go in order, they just flip flop back and forth. There was some wonderful movie magic that resulted from that. I wish I could go into more detail here, but the most poignant of these pairings was at the end so I wouldnt wanna spoil.

While I liked the concept of showing the beginning and the end, I feel like omitting the middle left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Im still not really sure what quite drove them apart. Things were hinted at, but I feel that when we meet up with the couple they’re already past the breaking point, and are just holding on for the last little bit that they can. Its one of those things where you dont quite notice something’s missing until leaving the theater and thinking about it. But it did bother me the whole rest of the day.

Also worth mentioning, this film was getting a lot of attention this past fall because the MPAA originally gave it an NC-17 rating. It took quite a bit of appeals to knock it down to R. I can kinda see where they’re coming from. There were a few scenes that got rather racy. And then a whole other scene (I wont spoil) that just had me thinking “”this scene is happening right now? they’re not just gonna talk about it later?!””. Cryptic, I know. Dont wanna lessen the impact if you ever do decide to see it.

I guess thats about it for this one. If anything I’ve talked about intrigues you, its worth checking out.

Blue Valentine – \m/ \m/ \m/

Country Strong

“Had a wonderful trip to NYC yesterday to see American Idiot for the fifth time (have ya’ll picked up on the fact that I obsess over things?) leaving today as my movie day. Jan tends to be pretty slow for the big releases, and there aren’t as many indie darling Oscar hopefuls that I need to squeeze in. Today’s movie was Country Strong, which was like last year’s Crazy Heart, except with a chick. And Crazy heart, of course, was like the previous year’s The Wrestler, except with a different career. While on the surface, each of those films looks like they’re carbon copies of each other, they do each have redeeming qualities. I think I should be able to avoid too much comparison based blogging for Country Strong. I’ll start by saying that its standout point was the characters.

What I loved was that while the film appeared to be about Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Kelly, one could argue that it was really about Garrett Hedlund’s character, Beau. That was just fine with me because I adored him. I’ve been a fan of Hedlund since Four Brothers (which I need to see again, I cant remember much other than the fact that I was totally smitten by that boy). I prolly said something similar a few weeks ago when writing up Tron. Strange that he had two movies released in such quick succession like that. If I was smitten with him in Four Brothers, I was head over heels with him here. Great combination of tough and sweet, and he sounded great too. Add in those eyes and that smile **swoon**

Gwyneth Paltrow had an interesting character too, although not quite the Oscar bait performance it was touted to be. My brain is blanking now, I cant think of where I was going with this. Let’s round out the cast with a few words on the others. I was concerned Leighton Meester would annoy me, but she didnt. I dont know if I’d go so far as to say I liked her, but she fit in well. Was also moderately impressed with Tim McGraw. My initial reaction to his casting was that he was trying to escort another actress to possible Oscar gold (no way in hell is it happening though), but there was more to him than the usual soft and supportive husband. He was more the tough love type here, with a few ventures into real hard ass. Different turn for him, that he did quite well.

As far as the story, I was into it. Again, I liked that a lot of the focus was on Beau’s persepctive. A lot of it was predictable, although I did like how it resolved even if I saw it coming. While it took me a minute to get into the mood for it, I did come to enjoy the music. Yes, Beau’s songs in particular, but Kelly’s were good too. Chiles’ had fun lyrics, but a little too bubblegum for me.

Wow, Im really not coherent at all. Im just gonna stop and move on.

Country Strong – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n

How Do You Know

“Yeah I know. I know. (wow, absolutely not meant to be a reference to the movie title). This isnt my bag, baby. So why? Few reasons:
-Paul Rudd, for one.
-It had some good hype early on, although that sorta died down.
-A friend whose movie recommendations I take with a hint of caution raved about it (while I trust him to some extent because we have similar interests, the caution is a result of Nacho Libre *shudder*).
-I had a freebie ticket.
-That’s the only thing playing at the Fenway I haven’t seen. That would make me 13 for 13. A first. Even if it totally proves I have no life, its still a pride thing for me as a movie afficionado.

Worth it? Eh. I definitely handled this better than other movies of its genre. If you cut out the romance plot, you do have a pretty decent character story, and I liked that the focus (at least through most of the movie) was focused on the charater’s other quandaries and qualities. I’d been led to believe the dialogue would be more epic. It was good, but didnt have the memorable one liners I was expecting.

The anchor in the cast was Reese Witherspoon, no question. An actress of her caliber definitely adds a lot to this type of movie. I can only imagine how painful it woulda been had they given it to Katherine Heigl instead. Owen Wilson was a bit on the awkward end of the spectrum for him, but it worked. Love and adore Paul Rudd, even if he was too much of a clumsy pushover to start. Jack Nicholson seemed outta place. He was just chewing scenery and didnt seem to care much about it. Guess he just needed a paycheck.

Well I just got majorly distracted and lost all my train of thought. Think that’s my cue to sign off

How Do You Know – \m/ \m/

Rabbit Hole

“Well so far I’ve kept up with my uber movie watching plan for the weekend. Although I flip flopped the agenda for today and tomorrow. Id intended to catch Rabbit Hole at the Common on the way home from work, but decided that the walk would do me good today. I blame the chill for my laziness in not walking back as well, as originally intended.

Rabbit Hole is making its way onto a lotta award season must lists because of Nicole Kidman’s performance as a mother coping with the loss of her son. Yes, she was great, and I wont pout if she gets the inevitable Oscar nod. However, it’s all just so expected of her. I did love her character, but I think I would be more excited about an amazing performance from her if she did more fun roles on the side. I dont wanna go comparing her to people, but I will say that the thing that officially made Meryl Streep my favorite actress was the fact that she did Doubt and Mamma Mia in the same year.

While I may have only been moderately impressed with Kidman, the one who really blew me away was Aaron Eckhart. Now really, isnt it time for him to add Academy Award Nominee to his name in movie trailers? He wowed me with Thank You For Smoking, and I’ve loved him since. Sadly, his race is a lot tighter this year, but I’ll still sing his praises here. His performance was so heartfelt yet intense, so believable I was just lost in it.

Little more context before I continue gushing. Partway through the film, I was starting to feel like it may be a little too “”adult”” for me, meaning that I really couldnt relate to the subject matter at all (not that I would ever want to know firsthand what this couple was going to). Its not unlike the feeling I get watching Sondheim’s Company. I can appreciate it for what it is, but it doesnt resonate. Then the next scene started and it was this big emotional screaming fight between Kidman and Eckhart. I started to feel a little choked up. Then I took notice of the situation and sat back with a “”holy \m/””. Yeah. Now you believe the power of this cast?

Should also point out that I loved Dianne Wiest. She started off with a hint of show-stealing-elderly-character but then grew into someone much deeper than that, and so insightful. She becamse the cute little old lady who had the wisdom of her age.

As is often the case with these adaptations, Im curious as to how it played out on stage. It worked well as a film. Did feel a little bare (typical in this situation) but the powerhouse cast carried it incredibly well. And then once I IBDB-ed it and found out that the b’way cast included John Slattery and John Gallagher Jr that made me wish even more that I’d seen it. When I was thinking about this, I realized that while the thought of seeing the stage version after the movie intrigues me, the other way around frightens the \m/ out of me. For example, I dont care if its Roman Polanski directing a cast that includes Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, I am scared shitless about how the God of Carnage film is gonna turn out. That show was so \m/ brilliant. When I saw it, the cast included Lucy Liu and Jeff Daniels.

What I did love about the writing was some of the mystery in how things unfolded. One scene would cryptically reference an event or person, everyone on screen would react, then it’d be a little while until it was revealed. I like that. Although, I wonder, if I hadnt known the premise, how long would it have taken me to figure out? It was a good while until they mentioned the son.

Right. So Rabbit Hole was definitely very heavy, but if you want to see some top notch performances, it is definitely worth checking out. Just be sure you’re in the mood for it.

Rabbit Hole – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/”

I Love You, Philip Morris

I really gotta rethink my rating system. Eh, its all arbitrary anyways

The next film was I Love You Phillip Morris down at Coolidge Corner. I had enough time for a mini adventure after I wandered down there. First stop was to cash in a Groupon at Paris Crepe. Oh my \m/ God I had this amazing “”nutella cannoli”” crepe. So rich and yummy. To the point where I’d intended to cash in another groupon at the FroYo place after the film, but I was too sugared out to do so.

Then I meant to go down to Barnes and Noble and buy a calendar, but apparently they’re closed down. Wonder when that happend. So I found myself at Brookline Booksmith where I impulse bought (in the used section) Kevin Smith’s diary/memoirs thing, the screenplay for Dogma, and the graphic novel for A History of Voilence. Whooops. So much for trying to save cash til payday.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Made it into the theater just in time. Finally got to see something in that last screening room there. I’ve seen plenty in the big auditorium, a few in the medium one, and two or three in the itty bitty room, but this was the first in the almost itty bitty room known as “”the screening room””. On the one hand, their small rooms are a unique intimate setting for watching a film. On the other, it almost seems like a rip off paying 10 bucks for that tiny screen and projector connected to a computer. Not complaining though.

Anyhoo, I’d been intrigued by this one for a while. Mostly because it’d been mentioned here and there on my usual entertainment news media outlets off and on for the past couple years. I cant remember what the delay was, but my love for Ewan McGregor had me outraged and dying to see this one. Very much worth the wait.

Im fairly sure we’ve been over this before, but little is guaranteed to make me as giddy as gay boys in love. I’ve been a hag since I first started secretly watching Will & Grace locked in my room back in high school. Needless to say, this film very much satisfied that side of me. As far as the boy romance goes, it was so sweet and original and the boys sold it quite well.

I continued to love Ewan McGregor as always. He was about one step away from crossing the line for too over the top stereotypical gay. Prolly just a hair further down the rainbow from Kurt Hummel, but enough for me to want to keep him in my pocket for always. I had some concerns about Jim Carey taking on a more dramatic role. At first, it seemed like he was trying to be typical Jim Carey (yet another bad haircut to boot) but eventually he fell into the character quite nicely. I did absolutely believe that he was hopelessly in love with McGregor’s Phillip Morris, and the comedic background did help the whole elaborate conman thing.

The film was so quirky and funny. I had a few rare laugh out loud moments, and the lil screening room was bursting with laughter. Add in a few WT\m/ moments, and it was a great little indie gem.

I Love You Phillip Morris – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

And now Glee Karaoke!!”

Yogi Bear

“Now for real, happy new year ya’ll. To be honest, its taking all my willpower to sit here and write this now. I ran out of reasons to postpone buying Glee Karaoke Revolution and now Im itching to play it. But procrastinating the first write ups of the year is not a good way to kick off 2011, so here we are.

I had my original plan for today, then when I woke up, I went thru about a dozen other possible permutations of the plan for the next three days and ultimately decided to just stick with the original. Mostly cause I couldnt go back to sleep, so the early(ish) start plan ended up being the best. First up, was Yogi Bear 3D

I approached this one with the utmost apprehension. I LOVED Yogi Bear growing up, and I was scared he was falling the way of the Chipmunks. Two things finally made me go see this. First off, yeah I had the time and exhausted all other movie options. And then I really was intrigued to hear Justin Timberlake voice Boo Boo. And y’know, Im kinda glad I went.

As I was sitting in the theater, I was already writing in my head a whole rant about how I never notice 3D anymore and the whole depth thing doesnt do it for me. Then something jumped out from the screen at me. Then something else. And I was a happy little five year old. For the most part, the 3D was no specialer than any of the other 3D kiddie films. However, this is one of the few that actually used some of those out into the audience gags, and for that it was worth it. Before this whole wave of extra dimensions, that’s what I always associated with 3D. The first few that didnt utilize that disappointed me, and now Im just jaded.

Another thing that made me happy was the father/daughter duo sitting on the other end of the row from me. She was bite sized, prolly around 5. He was telling her stories from his childhood, including how he loved Yogi Bear. Just reminded me of the kinda thing my Daddy woulda done.

Oh and there was a Wile E Coyote/Road Runner cartoon at the beginning. While that was the most pleasant of surprises, I dont know how I feel about them having been computer animated.

As for the rest of the movie, I actually did enjoy it. Yeah it was some of your typical kiddie drivel, but it wasn’t phoned in or half assed like a lotta them are. It was no Pixar flick, but it beat the pants off some of the other recent crap. The voice talent was clearly having fun, and the human actors were great as well. Usually they’re too over the top trying to hard, or totally dont give a crap in these type of films, but I didnt get either sense with the Yogi Bear cast. So props to them.

Im not saying this was the greatest kiddie movie of the year or anything. Not even close, by a long shot. But the whole “”low expectations”” going in thing really played a factor because it way surpassed those. If you find yourself in the same boat I did, with all other viable movie options exhausted (some of which had been better than others when I saw them), Yogi is worth a watch. Also worthwhile if you got munchkins. But its not somethign to go outta your way for

Yogi Bear – \m/ \m/ \m/

Little Fockers

“Happy New Year to all of yall. Or rather happy new years eve. Im likely to be posting again tomorrow anyways. Yep, still on track with the uber movie watching weekend. Today was apparently awkward humor day. Actually, there’s a theory of mine that got tested quite well with the day’s selections…

For the most part, the only times I see trailers are at the theater. I dont like watching them online because A)I dont have much attention span for watching things on my PC and 2) Im likely to catch them multiple times at the theater anyways. Ive found that the frequency with which I catch a trailer can sometimes be indicative of the quality of the film. When you have the trailers that I’ve seen so often that I’ve memorized them, that’s when you know that you’ve got a mediocre movie that the studios put too much hope into, and they’re trying to publicize the crap outta it in order to try and curb their potential losses. Another situation, is when the studios really dont have much hope for a film, and hardly play the trailer. Perhaps its their way of disowning it, or they feel they’ve spent enough money, or something. Not an issue with smaller films, or indies, but definitely a bad sign when you’ve got a star vehicle that’s being completely ignored. That was sorta the case with these films. I dont think I’d seen a trailer for Little Fockers at all, and I’d only seen Gulliver’s twice and just in the past week. Given that I’d been seeing the cardboard cutout promos for both of those hanging in the theater, the fact that the studios weren’t pushing trailers really did not bode well at all. Of course, I didnt put two and two together until I sat down at the first, with a ticket for the second already in my wallet.

Little Fockers
I partly realized the lack of trailer thing when the film started and it occurred to me that I had no friggin’ clue what it was gonna be about. I figured it must focus on the kids somewhat given the title. That turned out to be a bit of misdirection. Clearly, they just liked the title because the focus was not on the kids. Actually, Im not even sure that the screenwriters knew what the film was about.

You hear people toss around the phrase about “”there being another story there”” when suggesting a sequel. I really didnt get that sense with Fockers. It was a lot more of the same. DeNiro intimidates. Stiller flounders. Awkwardness ensues. I really couldnt even sum up the plot into a single sentance if I wanted to, other than just saying that the Meet the Parents/Fockers characters are at it again.

I wouldnt say I was bored, but I wasnt as thoroughly entertained as I’d generally like to be when Im at the movies. It did have its moments, most of which you saw coming from a mile away. Barbara Streissand and Dustin Hoffman stole the show in their limited scenes. Jessica Alba and Owen Wilson contributed to the overall awkwardness of the film. I wouldnt say DeNiro and Stiller phoned it in (esp not Stiller) but there was nothing dazzling there.

Really, I kinda wondered why they even bothered. The previous two flicks were great. This one was just eh.

Little Fockers – \m/ \m/