Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Observe, Montana, Play, 17, Elegy

Wednesday's movies were "Observe and Report" and "Hannah Montana: The Movie"; Friday's were "State of Play" and "17 Again." Saturday... We'll get to that.

"Observe and Report" was miserable. Comedies need a sympathetic central character, and the ONLY sympathetic character in this dreary turkey was Collette Wolfe's "Nell", a muffin clerk who moons over Seth Rogen's deranged and brutal "Ronnie" from a distance (That is, the most sympathetic character in the movie had self-destructively bad taste in men.) The movie tries to be a gritty screwball comedy, a combination of genres that simply cannot work. I did laugh out loud at the end credits, though: They contained an environmental impact statement. The idea that the makers of this mean-spirited, vulgar mess felt a need to state their green credentials was rather amazing...

"Hannah Montana: The Movie" is a warm, fuzzy movie with a lot of music and a target audience of 14 year old girls. I had NO previous experience of Miley Cyrus, who turns out to have a pretty face, a GREAT speaking voice, a solid singing voice, and a decent amount of acting talent. I rather hope she chooses to pursue acting once the Hannah Montana madness burns out. The movie... I spent a lot of time wandering around inside my head, ruminating about domino masks, Clark Kent's glasses, and Hannah Montana's blonde wig. My inner voices also filled in "Holding Out for a Hero" at one point, when the romantic lead jumps on his horse and rides off to the rescue, sort of. One odd note was the use of Rascal Flatts' "God Bless the Broken Road" no fewer than four times in the film: Main title, end title, and twice as source music, once with a vocal by the original artist (As source music!?! It's nice to have connections...)

"State of Play" is a decent political thriller, with a background of dying daily newspapers. We enjoyed it, though I did find the fact that they chose to bifurcate their villain in the last act a bit odd. From a dramatic standpoint, it was questionable; from a news standpoint, it was disastrous. I found myself wishing, as the end credits rolled, that I had Kipling's "The Press" memorized...

"17 Again" is silly and fun, with a fair amount of emotional depth. It is marketed for Zac Efron fans (14 year old girls, again), but written for 35 year olds (or older). We liked it a great deal. There was one really great live theater moment, when Efron arrives at his "new" school for the first time; he gets out of his (impossibly sexy) Audi coupe wearing black jeans and a white tee shirt, and pulls on a black leather jacket as he stands. It's pure beefcake, and a group of girls somewhere off in the center left of the theater SQUEALED... Dementia and I broke up laughing.

Satuday was GORGEOUS, and I had the day off, and we had seen everything we wanted to at the local theaters, so we went looking through the art houses... I accidentally discovered a genuine second run theater in Racine that was playing "Hotel for Dogs", which Dementia had not seen, so we went there. We had lunch at Chubbies in Racine, first; we had been hearing about the place from friends for a while, and wanted to check it out. Chubbies is a scary little dive that serves one pound hamburgers (and they have a double on the menu!), and is kind of fun. We will be back, sometime (ideally, sometime when I can actually EAT...). The theater turned out to be one day away from being padlocked, which is sad. I hate to see theaters close, and to discover a second run discount theater the day before it goes away forever (it is scheduled for demolition) was sad; it felt a little bit too much like the wake at Lakehurst, again.

Uncle Hyena
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