I’ve seen so many movies the past week, but aside from Moonrise Kingdom and Men in Black III, I don’t think any of them are up-to-the-minute current releases. Here are my thoughts on a handful of currently-in-theatres flicks:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: At two hours and change, the run time is lengthy, but I hardly noticed it, which is shocking, because this is most certainly not a film geared toward me. (I was at least 100 years younger than anyone else in the theatre.) I’m actually go out on a limb and say that of 20 films I’ve seen in theatres this year, this is my favorite. My Top Five goes like so:
1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
2. The Grey
4. The Three Stooges
5. Mirror, Mirror (it’s slim pickins down here…)
Back to Exotic, to me, the film is Agent M from the Bond movies (Judi Dench); Underworld‘s chief vampire, Viktor (Bill Nighy); and the priest from The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Tom Wilkinson) getting away from all the doom and gloom of their lives for a summer vacation in India. Meanwhile, Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) from Hook is a miserable old hag with one of the most shockingly racist lines I’ve ever heard uttered from the wrinkled lips of a septuagenarian. The Slumdog Millionaire kid plays the same character here, having squandered his fortune to run a dilapidated hotel.
What happens next is a formulaic, yet highly enjoyable 80s high school movie…in India… with old people. All kidding aside, though, not once did I debate whether I should hold it in the piss form a large Coke Zero I chugged before the credits over. It was clear I would have to wait until the movie ended. ( I didn’t stick around for the credits to see if anyone risked a hip with some Bollywood dancing.) (Okay, so it was only MOST kidding aside.)
Anyway, aside from me, I think this is great film only girls, librarian and librarian girls will openly enjoy.
The Dictator: Sacha Baron Cohen is very hit or miss… Okay, it’s mostly miss. Some of the gags are laughed out loud funny, most of them will have you looking at your watch, wondering when this obscure form of Middle Eastern torture will end.
Battleship: A poor man’s Independence Day. Like, homeless poor.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Expect to fall asleep.