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Series of Movies

I have realized that I haven’t been writing for a while, mainly because I thought there was nothing worth writing. But then I noticed that I have been going to the movies a lot lately, and most of the stuff I saw was very well below average. So I decided to write about these particular movies I have seen in the last two months, in chronological order. Here we go.

1. Bounty Hunter

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Although the trailer might seem promising, I must learn that if Jennifer Aniston is in it, I must not see that movie. Hollywood people are genius about making amazing trailers out of crap, and I must learn to accept that fact. But since I can be pretty naive, I went and sat through this.

Of course, I’m exaggerating a little bit. It’s not that bad. It’s about this bounty hunter guy, Gerard Butler, who gets the assignment to bring in her ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. He’s really happy about this, since he “hates” her, and she “hates” him back. But it turns out that, yes, they’re actually still in love. The plot is totally see-through, but still, it could have been handled more tastefully, because it actually starts out pretty promising, but turns out the 2-hour ride gets bumpy and awkward.

You get to laugh at some stuff, and Gerard Butler is nice to look at, and he plays this dirty guy, one you expect will spill stuff on his shirt while he eats. There’s nothing wrong there. The chemistry is not bad either, since we know for a fact that these two have got in on in real life. But after a while you don’t understand what all the drama is about and wish that those two can get just get the sex over and done with. It can get surprising at times (not oh-my-god surprising, more very-hollywood-romantic-comedy surprising), and it can be nice to borrow as a dvd if you have friend who actually purchased it, but I wouldn’t bang my head on the wall because I missed it. I think Jennifer Aniston should just sit back and spend the millions of bucks she made during Friends, but who am I to talk.

Rating: 5/10 – Keep your focus on Gerard.

2. Remember Me

Now, this one is a real gem. Ever since I saw it, I’ve been telling everyone who will talk to me about this. I believe this is as low as Hollywood can ever get. I just don’t understand how the people who made this movie saw it and said: “Well, it works”. Their reaction should have been same as mine: “I can’t believe Robert Pattison can’t save this movie”.

I am a sucker for a pretty face, and will watch Brad Pitt recite poetry on big screen (of course, if he doesn’t have that homeless beard). So I thought that Robert Pattison might be nice to look at. And the poster seemed all nice and romantic. But as soon as the movie actually started, I realized that I just made a huge mistake. Robert Pattison is a college student, whose brother committed suicide a few years back, and of course it has taken its toll on the family. Emilie de Ravin has also seen tragedy, when her mother was shot by two muggers at a subway station when she was just a kid. You get a picture of their families and there’s this stupid kid sister of Robert, who’s being bullied by the “cool girls” at her school, because she’s “weird”, but she’s actually just hoping her father will speak to her once in a while blah blah. The plot is just too boring to tell.

There’s this independent/the camera moves around too much vibe to it, and sometimes you want to slap the hell out of the characters. And no, Robert Pattison can’t save the movie, and neither can Pierce Brosnan (who is the only thing that’s worth watching, though he’s kind of awkward there), Chris Cooper or any of the other people. The only thing that’s just bit nice is the very end. Not the “after 6 months” part, but the part before that. I have to hand it out to them, it’s good. Still not good enough though.

Rating: 2/10 – Recommend it to people you hate, and tell them to go alone.

I’ll write some other movies later. I just wanted to share these two because they’re the worst of the lot. It will get better. Or we would be in big trouble.

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Night of McAvoy

Yesterday, I had myself a nice night of James McAvoy movies. Actually, I watched only two, but still, it was quite pleasent. I had watched them both many times before, but I thought this was a good  opportunity to go through them again.penelope

  1. First, I watched Penelope, which is dated back to 2006. It’s about Penelope (Christina Ricci), a girl born into a high class, rich London family, but because of a curse, she has a snout, in other words, she has a pig nose. The only way to remove the curse is “one of her own kind to accept her”, so her mother tries her best to find her a husband of similar status. However, so far no one has accepted her and all the suitors fly out the window, literally, at the sight of her. One day, one of the suitors hire Lemon, a reporter who lost his eye because of Penelope’s mom, to tell the public about Penelope. They try to take her picture by hiring Max (James McAvoy), a blue-blood high society dude who has gambling problems. 

This movie has a supernatural fairy tale atmosphere about it, with clear-cut characters, and it can be quite fun. It also has surprises and nice plot twists, and good characters who develop through it. It also has messages about accepting yourself and motherhood etc, so it can be a tear-jerker if it touches a sour spot. But all in all, it’s a high-quality romantic comedy about finding yourself. Of course, James McAvoy is hot as ever.

becoming jane

The other movie I watched was Becoming Jane, from 2007, which, as you  might now, is about none other than Jane Austen. Since it is about  Jane Austen, it carries the same air as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Some people have cruelly dismissed it as being “too similar to Pride and Prejudice“, but hello, it is about its freaking author. So, Jane (Anne Hathaway) is a girl of small fortune, who writes deep in her country house, and one day, Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) who’s “a lawyer with a reputation” from London. The clash of the characters is much like Pride and Prejudice, and it’s a known fact that Jane Austen was deeply influanced by Lefroy when she portrayed Mr. Darcy. Much of the movie is fiction, but much of it is not. For examle, it is known that Jane stayed in Lefroy’s house in London, just like in the movie. Also, on his deathbed, when asked about his biggest love, Lefroy said “Jane Austen”, and he named his daughter Jane. How romantic can you get?

When we went to watch this in the movie theater, me and my mother cried our eyes out. It was just that good. I think it’s a lot better than Pride and Prejudice, though it may come a close second. It also happens to be my favorite James McAvoy movie, who fits Lefroy so, so well. Your heart will stop at the dance scenes.

I am sure I will write about James in the future. How could I not? He’s like the next Ewan McGregor. Yum.


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