“Happy turkey day, dleters! Hope your day has been filled with mounds of food, good company, a long list of things to be thankful for, and all that jazz. Uber low key for me this year, and I’m currently on the couch recovery from a second mini food coma for the day. As I often do when I have a free day, I spent it at the movies. Go figure. There’s something special about spending Thanksgiving there. For one, the city is just dead. The walk is this kinda eerie peaceful quiet that is just bizarre. Once there, there’s usually a pretty decent sized crowd. As a people watcher, I like trying to guess the motivation for them being there. My favorite round of this game was at Casino Royale a few years back. Went to the first showing of the day. Lots of dads with their kids, clearly trying to keep the kitchen clear for mom to cook up a storm. I did notice one such group at Red Dawn.
Okay so with the multitude of movies opening today, why did I prioritize Red Dawn? Couple reasons. First, I wanted to save a few of the higher profile ones in case a movie buddy turned up over the long weekend. I didn’t quite trust this movie enough to subject it to other people. Second, its release has much less fanfare than just about everything else opening, which means it prolly won’t get too noticed, which means it prolly won’t last too long. Therefore, it made sense to me to make sure I got to see it now, since the others will most def be around for the next few weeks that are gonna be a bit lighter.
Poor Chris Hemsworth had a tough break with the MGM bankruptcy. This is the second film of his that was released this year after spending a long while in limbo. Cabin in the Woods is the other. But I guess it’s a win for the studios since post-Thor he has much more draw than he would have back then.
This is a remake of an 80s movie where Russia invades the US and a bunch of teens fight to defend it. Update the setting, get a bunch of today’s pretty faces, and change the bad guys. Actually change them twice. Yeah originally China was supposta be the big bad, but now that more movies are being shown in that country, they didn’t wanna alienate a potentially big audience, so post production change everything to North Korea. That lil tidbit should give you an idea of the feel of this movie.
Actually, the feel was kinda offbalance. There was a huge cheese factor, that I’m not quite sure how intentional it was. I mean, for serious, a group of teens train for a couple days under one marine and suddenly they’re taking on these legit soldiers and bad guys? Um, kay. And why are some citizens sent to the prison thing and others are eating at Subway? But, on the other hand, it was kinda dark. Realities of war and all that. Things got real, by which I mean intense because it still felt kinda fake. But people were dying and there was no mercy. Especially towards the end, it didn’t quite feel like the Mighty Ducks going to war like it did at the beginning.
The cast was fun. Chris Hemsworth was a lil more Captain America than Thor, but he was certainly on his way to superstardom. We’ve also got a pre-Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson and a post Drake and Josh Josh Peck. Now that boy has grown up. Damn. I never saw that show, but Mean Creek is a favorite movie (just shy of making it onto my official favorites list) and it’s kinda mind boggling to believe that he was the chubby dyslexic bully kid.
Watching things blow up is certainly a fun way to spend the holiday. There wasn’t anything too particularly special about this flick, but I could have chosen worse.
Red dawn – \m/ \m/ \m/