The days and weeks, months even, I spent waiting for this movie seemed endless and I didn’t even know why I was waiting. I had not seen the trailer, I was vaguely aware of what the premise was, but something told me to wait for it, so I did. Then, suddenly, the waiting was done and I could watch the movie I had anticipated for so long: and oh, how glad I was that I waited.
Ever since I read Andy Weir’s book The Martian, I’ve been itching to see its screen adaption with Matt Damon as Mark Watney. Anticipation was definitely there, expectations were definitely high and even though it didn’t bump Mad Max: Fury Road off its pedestal, The Martian hit all the right notes and is an amazing example of a sci-fi movie that makes you wonder how capable the human race is against the vast and mysterious universe.
With movies like The Skeleton Twins, one hopes for something great but as the negativity in reviews crawled around the corner, I set my exceptions low. But how low can you go when you have comic veterans Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader on screen doing something out of their comfort zone? Apparently not low enough for The Skeleton Twins to shine.
Me and Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig have a complicated relationship, it’s sort of a love and hate thing actually. Every time I see her face, I’m reminded of the horror that was Bridesmaids for me but there’s no denying that the woman can act. The fact is proven by her excellent work in Hateship Loveship, where her character Johanna made me feel quite uncomfortable multiple times, but in a good way!
This is it guys, my first review of this summer and hopefully not the last one. As a rule, I wouldn’t have gone to see Despicable Me 2 (I wanted to see World War Z or This Is the End), because animations in the cinema aren’t my thing but I wasn’t going to be picky – I simply missed watching movies too much. Sadly, the feeling of joy that was upon me prior to the movie, slowly but steadily disappeared. In my opinion, Despicable Me 2 is an attempt to relive the joys of the first movie by giving the minions more screen time and favoring Agnes over others but the plot itself is too weak, a bit messy and overall uneventful.
My latest cinema experience was the Hangover female version Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig and Chris O’Dowd as the main couple. There were many other women in this one but most of them unknown except Melissa McCarthy who had the most uncomfortable role in this movie (and during her career I might add) along with her husband. That being said – the main issue that I have with this movie is the plot. I mean, really? The way it was played off was not bad, there were some funny moments and since I love British men, I enjoyed every scene that had Chris O’Down in it – sadly there wasn’t enough of him, most of the movie was about emptying themselves in the middle of the street and Kristen Wiig going crazy in the middle of a party.
It surprises me that this has the same score in IMDb that Horrible Bosses because I liked the last one a lot and even though, as my friend pointed out, I laughed a lot during Bridesmaids I really didn’t like this one as a story. Probably due to its stupid plot, the shallow characters and the weird friendship between the soon-to-be-bride and her best friend (Wiig). It was a two hour long dirty joke central where the only good things were O’Dowd’s accent and his pleasant character.
Taking this all into account I’m giving it a 2,5 out of 5 and even though I laughed, I wouldn’t call it a good movie (similar situation is with Knocked Up – laughed but it isn’t a good movie – ironic that Bridesmaids and Knocked Up share the same producer). So this feel good movie about yourself because you haven’t sat in the middle of the street doing the #2 isn’t something I’d watch again. But if you enjoy those kind of “oh-my-god-what-am-I-watching” comedies – go right ahead, this one has a lot of those moments when you just want to rewind some scenes.
Since my town (which isn’t that small!) doesn’t have a cinema I decided to “build” one: I know show a variety of movies in my basement to those who bother showing up and who are also invited cause it’s free of charge. So it really isn’t a cinema and thinking about the rather small screen it can hardly be called a TV-watching-space also – which at the moment isn’t the point at all. The point is, that me and some of my friends watched Paul the other night and I think we liked it.
The movie tells a story about two British guys who go to comic-con (I would like to go there as well in the future!) and after that they begin their road-trip to places where aliens have been sighted. Then they find Paul (voice by Seth Rogen)- a friendly, pot-smoking and a funny alien who has escaped the government and wants to go home. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who play the Brit’s help him and along the way they also pick up Kristen Wiig who plays a ex-Christian who knows a lot of weird curse-sentences. One of my favorite characters in this was actually played by Jason Bateman – I simply love that guy.
Anyway, this was a rather good comedy about an alien although I think that it isn’t better than Men in Black – best alien comedy movie I know. But considering Paul’s good grade on IMDb (7,2) and the fact that Paul is a common name in Estonia (and I like to say that I just watched Paul because I have a friend who has that name as well) I’m thinking this was a 3,5 out of 5. So it falls short of a 4 because I think I could have laughed much more than I did – I always need a little bit more.