Movie Reviews In a Hurry:

 

The Words
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Wilde, Zeljko Ivanek, Ben Barnes

My Review: Honestly, this movie wasn’t on top of my must-see list. Though this movie had its interesting parts, I felt like it was stretching itself to fit into a 90 minute movie. Bradley Cooper plays Rory Jansen, a struggling author married to a beautiful (but kind of useless) Zoe Saldana. He comes across an old manuscript for this incredible novel and it moves him to the core. Through a series of seemingly harmless events, Rory turns in the book to a publisher as his own. When he is ultimately caught by the original author, he is told of the events that inspired the story.

Rory’s struggle throughout this movie was interesting to watch thanks to a strong and likeable Bradley Cooper. It wasn’t until he met the Old Man (Jeremy Irons) that the movie turned into something else, something better. Hearing and watching the Old Man recount his story (with an incredibly hot Ben Barnes and Nora Arnezeder) was completely memorizing. However, what the trailer does not reveal is that the movie also has a 3rd level. Dennis Quaid is recounting Rory Jansen’s story to Olivia Wilde, and this extra level is frankly confusing, distracting, and ultimately not necessary. But without it, the movie would have been about an hour long. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t satisfying. It was incomplete…and sad…and depressing. Rating: 2 ½ Stars (out of 5)

 

Bachelorette
Starring: Kristen Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Andrew Rannells, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Hayes MacArthur

My Review:  You’ve seen the plot before: Bridesmaids go out the night before the wedding and party hard, thus problems and hilarity ensue. However, these bridesmaids have issues. They are addicts, using the drugs to escape from their insecurities and tragic pasts and to forget who they are. But the night quickly goes from drug induced fun to horrible and tragic. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? Well surprisingly this movie had a lot of laughs, dark but funny. Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan are hysterical, with great one-liners and hilarious throw-away lines. Fisher who is charming and ditzy, blends wonderfully with Caplan who is sarcastic and bitter. Add the smart but neurotic and head-strong Kristen Dunst and you’ll find it mixes well.

Sometimes the movie made you laugh, other times you just wanted to slap everyone in the face. You can’t go into Bachelorette thinking it’s a rom-com, or a even comedy for that matter. Though it has similarities to Bridesmaids and The Hangover, it is in fact, a dark comedy with serious themes they often glance over with inappropriate (yet amusing) humor. Rating: 3 ½ Stars (Out of 5)

 

 

 

ParaNorman
Voices: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin

My Review: Norman isn’t like other kids, but he is like Haley Joel Osment in that he can see dead people, well dead things really. Because of this, people, including his own family, think he is freaky. When Norman finds he isn’t the only person in his family that has this “gift,” he learns the whole town is under a curse that only he can stop.

First of all, the stop motion animation is amazing. There are moments were I felt I could reach out and touch the smooth surface of their wide faces. And I wasn’t even watching it in 3D! Norman was a rich character, combining the insecurities of an outcast child with a strange gift that suddenly left the weight of the world on his shoulders. However the other characters could have used the same treatment, being more cartoonish (I understand it was a “cartoon” movie), rather than round and intricate. The pacing of the movie felt slow at times and predictable at others. However, the spectacular ending made up for the rest of the movie…almost. While other parts of the movie felt childish and immature, the ending was complicated, honest and powerful, blending a myriad of emotions. Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)

Favorite line: “Stop trying to kill my brother! You’re adults!”

 

 

 

 

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