Surprises and Disappointments

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Surprises for me in 2014 include St. Vincent, God’s Not Dead and Annie. My husband Mike was especially taken with lead character Bill Murray as Vincent MacKenna whose virtues were easily overshadowed by his vices. The film is listed as a comedy-drama yet Mike and I were both moved to tears.

God’s Not Dead surprised me because the acting and script were not the usual godsnotdead1Christian mediocre.  In fact, I found the “debate” portion of the story intriguing that I’ve already watched it a second time. (see my blog review)

Lucky me to have a granddaughter (she’s 13 now!) with enough unscheduled time to see Annie with me.  If I listened to the critics, I wouldn’t have even asked her to go.  Instead, I considered the cast and storyline, and off we went.  The surprise was it was a remake with updates we both enjoyed.  Updating a remake much like You’ve God Mail  is not just remaking like In the Good Old Summertime was a remake of The Shop Around the Corner  or An Affair to Remember (1957) a remake of Love Affair (1939).

Disappointments of 2014 include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Instellar (see my blog review) and The Gambler.  Probably most disappointed because I expected more.  These films had fine storylines and the-gamblercasting yet both fell short of being films that will be remembered after tomorrow.

Birdman was not a disappointment–I didn’t think I would like it in the first place; but, I wanted to see Michael Keaton in, what I believe, will be an Academy Award role.(see my blog review)

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Movie Surprises of 2013

Film critics did not shine to RED 2 or HEAT— but I did.

Maybe HEAT disappointed Sandra Bullock fans with this comedic offering–after all she has won an Oscar.  HEAT paired her with Melissa McCarthy, who is a show all by herself and for me, Bullock was a stitch!  The language was awful–no question about it.  I was forewarned.  I warmed to the characters and found this to be a laugh out loud, just plain fun film.  McCarthy’s role as a police officer who finds herself arresting a “john” was worth seeing a second time–so I did.

RED is a movie I bought and continue to find is neither pretty or inspirational.  Yet, the team of retired agents had me asking for more as they drove off into the Russian sunset.  While sequels often disappoint, RED 2 delivered as much fun by giving John Malkovich more screen time.  This too will be added to my collection.

Biggest Disappointments of 2013

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The trailers for The Great Gatsby and The Lone Ranger promised drooling attractions.  Two of the best actors were expected to make something of burned stew scripts.  Even Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp, with all the millions invested in production and flawless marketing, couldn’t get their fans to bite.

After Gatsby’s first party, I had enough of the decadence.  No? Well then how many shirts can you throw on the bed?  Too much of too much and the story was drowned in its own dazzle.  Most disappointing for me was the absence of sexual tension between Gatsby and Daisy.  The script was as lame as 1997 Titanic (winner of 11 Oscars) making me care less if Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet), along with the passengers, survived the sinking ship.  Enough.

How anxious I was to see The Lone Ranger.  I followed Ranger on Twitter and Facebook.  I read articles about what to expect  from the dynamic duo.  Johnny Depp as Tonto and I knew it would be fun. $200 million was spent to resurrect these Saturday morning heroes (after all, the actors needed the cowboy bootcamp and the director had to have 5 miles of track built).

Hans Zimmer’s Lone Ranger theme song had me at the opening of the show.  After that?  Who cares.  The script was, well, disjointed and disappointing.  I stayed with it, had a few good laughs, and enjoyed the ending–partly because it was just that.

What a waste of talent and treasure.

 

Biggest Surprises of 2013

Film critics did not shine to RED 2 or warm up to HEAT— but I did.red2-onlinecharacter1-jpg-165738

Maybe HEAT disappointed Sandra Bullock fans with this comedic offering–after all she has won an Oscar.  HEAT paired her with Melissa McCarthy, who is a show all by herself and for me, Bullock was a stitch!  The language was awful–no question about it.  I was forewarned.  I warmed to the characters and found this to be a laugh out loud, just plain fun film.  McCarthy’s role as a police officer who finds herself arresting a “john” was worth seeing a second time–so I did.

RED is a movie I bought and continue to find is neither pretty or inspirational.  Yet, the team of retired agents had me asking for more as they drove off into the Russian sunset.  While sequels often disappoint, RED 2 delivered as much fun by giving John Malkovich more screen time.  This too will be added to my collection.

 

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