After weeks and weeks of soul-deadening drudgery, we finally have a weekend with a few movies that are actually entertaining. (Movies that are even being ushered into the multiplexes, no less.) We should probably savor this weekend, since it’s certainly the exception for what’s coming up, not the rule.
I saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ a little while ago. You can read my foggy thoughts on the film elsewhere on this very blog! The Reader’s Digest version of my review, in case you’re too busy ingesting crystal meth or whittling to actually read the longer version, is that I really, really liked it. Based on a story by genre godhead Philip K. Dick and starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, it’s a smart, fun, stylish sci-fi romance about love and destiny and cool guys who control the universe while wearing fedoras.
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The other big movie this weekend is the wonderfully weird animated feature from Gore Verbinski, ‘Rango’. Again, you can read my lengthier response to the film elsewhere. Just know that I loved this movie, even more than ‘The Adjustment Bureau’. It’s probably one of the best things I’ve seen this year. It’s a thrillingly odd and enchanting tale about a lizard (played by perennial pirate Johnny Depp) who suffers from an identity crisis and winds up leading a dusty Western town to victory. It’s hard to explain, but very easy to fall in love with. You owe it to yourself to see it.
Of the two movies I haven’t seen, ‘Take Me Home Tonight‘ is the one I actually have some interest in. The movie got some favorable buzz a few years ago, back when it was called ‘Kids in America’. (It was completed way back in 2007.) But the critical response thus far has been somewhat tepid. It’s a Hughes-ian coming-of-age comedy set in the 1980s, and has a fairly solid cast, with Topher Grace, Teresa Palmer, Anna Faris, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Ian Black and (in a great bit of of-the-era casting) Michael Biehn. It should be fun, at least for a couple hours on a boring Friday night.
‘Beastly‘ is the other movie opening this weekend that I haven’t seen, mostly because I couldn’t care less. It’s like the ‘Twilight’ version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’… annnnnnd I’ve already fallen asleep. It stars Vanessa Hudgens and the kid from ‘I Am Number Four‘. (Also: Mary Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris!) This is undoubtedly something I’ll catch a few years from now, while I lazily flip through the pay cable channels. Even then, I doubt I’ll watch more than 20 minutes of it.