A highly eclectic mix, I know. Anyway, I love all of these movies, but for whatever reason, I can’t see myself doing a full length review of them any time soon. However, I still want to share my reasons for liking them with all of you, so I thought I’d jot down a few sentences about each. I won’t be talking about the plots, really, just some random thoughts and fangirly comments, so proceed with caution. And I’ll try to steer clear of spoilers since these reviews are so short.
~Minority Report (2002) – THIS MOVIE. Besides jump-starting my crush on Tom Cruise, it’s probably the freakiest dystopian world I’ve ever seen…and it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Only seen it twice, but it’s super good and deep and interesting and weird, but in an intriguing way (as opposed to being weird in a stupid way). John Anderton is one of those characters who I love outside of “oh, yeah, he’s played by Tom Cruise”. He’s so great + he breaks my heart. And I like Colin Farrell in this movie way better than in Saving Mr. Banks (I know his character is supposed to be the antagonist for a lot of Minority Report, but in the end, he isn’t all that bad – just doing his job). Overall, this is an amazing, but still pretty disturbing film. It gets under my skin, in a good way.
~Beezus & Ramona (2010) – Mood whiplash much? *wink* Just watched this the other night for about the fifth time and it doesn’t get old. The humor, the story, the adorbs…any of it. Based on the beloved books by Beverly Cleary (which my siblings and I all love), this movie combines a lot of different episodes from several of the books (though mostly sticking with the general plot of Ramona Forever) and it works swimmingly. None of the child actors are annoying, which is saying a lot, and there are still a few bits that make me tear up (happy tears, people). It’s a happy, entertaining, gentle movie that’s perfect to watch with little children. (It entertains every age group among my siblings and I, from late teens to a three-year-old.)
~The Incredibles (2004) – I’ve loved nearly every Pixar movie so far (just haven’t watched A Bug’s Life, Brave, or Finding Dory) and The Incredibles is one of my absolute favorites. It’s smart and sassy and sweet, set to my favorite Pixar soundtrack of all time, and is full of cool superhero action. And the characters! I dig them all (with the obvious exception of Syndrome, who is just another great Pixar villain). My favorite is probably Bob. Or Helen. Or Mirage. But they’re all so great – I really can’t decide. Also, did anyone find it amusing that Samuel L. Jackson voices Frozone? (Because Nick Fury isn’t a superhero in the MCU, but he sort of oversees Cap and Iron Man and all the others and…oh, never mind.) Anyway, The Incredibles is, well, incredible. (Yes, I just did that.)
~Lady and the Tramp (1995) – To be honest, when I borrowed this movie from the library, I didn’t expect much. I just wanted to watch it to say I had, ’cause I know that it’s a Disney classic. But I’ve seen it maybe three or four times now and I still love, love, love it. The opening sequence, with the arrival of Lady and the Darlings’ attempts to teach her to stay in her own bed, never fails to make me laugh. Even though I don’t like dogs much (*outraged gasps from all my readers*), Lady and the Tramp is now one of my favorite ‘old school’ Disney movies. And the spaghetti scene? #relationshipgoals. Seriously.
~Air Force One (1997) – I watched this movie just a few days ago, for the very first time, and it’s already one of my favorite Harrison Ford movies (and roles!) ever. With all the news and drama and questions surrounding the recent US election, it was actually kind of relaxing to step into a movie where the bad guys are bad and the good guys are good (I know, I know there was a traitor – but still…) and there’s patriotism and a classic hero and all that while still tackling some interesting issues. Plus, Harrison Ford is always a good idea. I loved his iconic “Get off my plane!” line. So awesome. And, for some reason, I tend to enjoy stories that are tense and claustrophobic and edge-of-your-seat, so this was a perfect film for me. Very neat.
Have you seen any of these movies? What are some films you’ve been enjoying recently?