# 216 – Friends With Benefits

I waited for this movie a very long time, I remember thinking that this is going to be awesome and I’m gonna like it. I think due to that fact I enjoyed it more than I normally would’ve but Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis had great chemistry and some nice scenes either way. The whole idea was a bit too unstable to me, the way it all ended was a little too corny for this movie. Would’ve liked to see it unravel in a completely different way and maybe I’d be happier about this movie in the end – sadly the end for me was everything but good.

It all started very well, the stories looked good and well, it was quite funny in the beginning. While the stories started to get more serious it all went down-hill cause it wasn’t that joyful and easy anymore. I liked the friends with benefits part, I think that’s what I’m saying about this movie. I’m sorry that I’m really vague about this movie, I saw it a long time ago (and saw a lot of other movies/TV-shows in between) and I think my memory is a bit off with this one. But what else is there to say about a romantic comedy: it was funny, it was cute and then in the end it was all mushy stuff like always.

I checked into the facts, the writers of Friends With Benefits are couple of guys who haven’t written much and it is directed by Will Gluck who has done Easy A and Fired Up. But the sad part is that the movie had a $35 million budget while it crossed just little over $84 million – could’ve been a little bit better considering Timberlake’s fans but apparently they like his music more than his movies. Although Timberlake is not that bad at acting, he actually has great moments when he actually makes me forget that he is a singer. Though now I guess I should call him a singer/actor which is far too popular in Hollywood.

All in all, the movie had its laughs and I think that they are worth to watch this movie at least once, but as I said, the ending was just not for me (not this time) so 2,5 out of 5 for this one. Maybe next time Timberlake, maybe next time. PS: Mila Kunis was gorgeous like always!

# 161 – Friends With Benefits

This might be the worst wait of the year – waiting for Friends With Benefits which comes out on 22nd of July! The movie which stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake has a great build-up for a great movie, best comedy of the year based on the trailer that came out today. Although, this might be as it was with Easy A, that all the great moments are in the trailer, but who cares – Woody Harrelson plays a gay guy! And Emma Stone plays Timberlake’s ex and Andy Samberg plays Mila’s ex and Jenna Elfman plays Timberlake’s sister and Emma Stone’s mother from Easy A now plays Mila’s mother and the guy from Burlesque who slept there with Emma’s father from Easy A plays dirty sex games with Mila’s mom (so that guy has slept with both the dad and the mom of Emma from Easy A) and Bryan Greenberg is also in this movie but he isn’t shown in the trailer but I’m thinking he is the boy candy for Woody. Anyway, this was basically the summary of my random thought that came to me after I watched this trailer – a lot of great actors and actresses and I just can’t wait for July! (In my case even later because it is released in Estonia on 23rd of September!!)


# 155 – Zombieland

I have now gotten over the movie drought which meant that I didn’t watch any movies these past two weeks – I don’t know what happened. Maybe the fact that the Apple trailer page didn’t inspire me to watch any movies, the trailers have just died or something. But it seems that there are a couple of good documentaries out there soon, better get ready, I might watch one – the fashion photographer might be the fist.

Anyway, the movie that saved me from this drought was Zombieland. Can you believe me if I say I hadn’t seen it yet. You should, I hadn’t watched it and I can’t really say why. It was such a fun movie and I enjoyed the fact that there were only 4 main characters, Bill Murray and a girl who got killed right at the beginning. Jesse Eisenberg was the main character and since he always plays the geeky guy he managed to do that again but this time he had a gun for killing zombies so he was like a bad-*** geek. He also narrated the story and his voice really suits me, it has that rambling thing going on too – not only in The Social Network and Zombieland but in real life as well (I watched some of his interviews). Emma Stone was another favorite who entertained me with this movie (might have been a good idea to watch this after they made really great movies last year) and well, she is gorgeous and funny and what else is there to say. Woody Harrelson was the so called veteran in this movie and I doubt that I want to say anything bad about him. Is it because I know his dad was a convicted murderer (serial-killer) – probably not, is it the fact that Woody scares me sometimes – yes, yes it is but it is also about the role and Woody suited that very well. Abigail Breslin was in it as well but I tend to forget her and with this movie  she just filled in the blanks.

The story is your basic zombie-story, an epidemic  starts by killing people and making them into zombies. I read that some of the zombie lovers out there didn’t like the fact that the zombies were fast cause they are supposed to be as slow as their brainwaves. I don’t know, I think Zombieland wouldn’t have worked with slow zombies. It would’ve been a really slow movie and who wants that, right? After the big zombie explosion (almost everybody are affected) there are a couple of people still alive – the story starts with Jesse’s character. After he decides to drive to his hometown to see if his parents are still alive he meets up with Woody. And since there aren’t that many people alive (which I can imagine, because the zombies are freakin’ fast in that movie – I like!) and they kind of team up. Then the two girls come into the picture and that’s about it. There are a couple of jokes and funny stuff happens so all in all it was a decent comedy. 7,8 in IMDb agrees with me and it also is the biggest crossing zombie movie in the States so far – I guess that’s a good thing, from me it gets also a  solid 4 out of 5. (It also is getting a sequel with the same writers, director, Jesse and Woody have also confirmed – we’ll just have to wait and see.)

And in case the zombies start happening, you should remember these first three rules:

  1. “Cardio”
  2. “Double tap”
  3. “Beware of bathrooms”