New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each
Alvin and the Chipmunks - Chipwrecked - *Errum* I still want a hula hoop.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Sherlock's pretty good. Almost Matlock quality.
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (IMAX, wide Dec. 21) - I almost fell asleep writing the title.
Seriously, Santa, where the heck is my hula hoop?!
So I finally broke down and watched 5 minutes of the first Alvin and the Chipmunks movie the other day. By 'broke down' I mean that I couldn't reach the controls and was busy playing a game. And by watched I mean that it was on in the background till I snapped out of my game playing reverie and uttered 'what the hell?' Yes I loved the cartoon as a kid. You throw colors and funny voices on screen and that's pretty much all it took for me to be entertained. So I'm not inherently against the movies. There is something I still don't get though. You've got some moderately real names in there like Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Justin Long; who are the voices of the Chipmunks and Chipettes. But given how the voices have to be tooled so that they sound, as they do, you can't tell that it's a celebrity at all. So why pay for a name that kids aren't going to know or care about? Are parents really going to be like "Well, I didn't want to see that movie, but oh look, it stars Anna Faris as a Chipette! I bet she delivers a breathtaking performance." I highly doubt it.
I seriously hate the Mission Impossible movies. I liked the first one when it came out. Saw it in theater, thought it was great. After that... garbage. I had actually determined not to watch the last one but they enlisted Simon Pegg, who I'd watch a pot not boil if he was in the movie adaptation. But it wasn't worth it to endure the convoluted plot (used loosely) and so so action sequences. And now, theoretically, this new one is supposed to have a slightly expanded Pegg role. Where do I draw the line? *Sigh* DVD it'll be. But I've certainly no intention of blowing my cash on it in theater. What would Tom Cruise do with my 10 bucks anyway? probably just pay some people in India to cheer when he walked out.
On the other side, the much more appealing option of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is also out. The first one was such an enjoyable blend of action and comedy that I was ready for the sequel before I'd even finished my first viewing. Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. are a perfect pairing. Personally, I would rather they had waited another film for Moriarty, building him more in the background. But hey, I'm game for it either way.
Christmas is fast approaching. Time for eggnog and eating the days away in chocolate. What are you all doing to get in the mood this year?