I don’t really do movie reviews but I saw three movies in the last 7 days, so I thought I’d make a few comments that might influence your movie-going-decision-making this weekend.
Moneyball – great screenplay with (as-expected by Aaron Sorkin) a lot of great dialogue and funny one liners. This movie is not a comedy but I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. Brad Pitt was yummy to look at for 2 hours (a little long for some people but I wasn’t bothered) and Jonah Hill was an excellent supporting actor. I’ve never taken him serious, but he wins big points for this quirky and nerdy but effective performance as Billy Beane’s sidekick. I don’t follow baseball much and knew nothing about Billy Beane’s story going into this movie, but I loved everything about it. In fact, it’s probably my favorite movie of the year so far. I give it a solid A.
Ides of March – can you really go wrong with Ryan Gosling and George Clooney? Eh… I don’t know. While I thought this movie was entertaining, especially as we find ourselves swirling around in the next Republican presidential primary, I also thought it was a little predictable. I did not like Evan Rachel Wood’s character and I didn’t find her influence on the story to be believable at all. I generously give it a B because it was a well-made movie, carried by two very nice-to-look-at actors.
50/50 – I was hoping for a tear jerker. And by that I mean I was hoping for a movie that was actually powerful enough to evoke tears, à la City of Angels, My Girl, Million Dollar Baby. I should have known any movie with Seth Rogen isn’t going to be that serious. I thought the relationship between Seth’s character and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s was endearing and believable but I wasn’t able to fully enjoy them because I was distracted by all the annoying characters. At the top of my hit list is Anna Kendrick’s character as a therapist. She just was not believable. And it wasn’t because of her youth or inexperience. It was because she just didn’t accurately play the role of a therapist. Wrong questions, wrong attitude, wrong approach. (Look at me, acting like I know all about therapy.) I also though Anjelica Huston was trying too hard to be Meryl Streep. Wow, I guess I disliked this movie more than I thought. I give it a C.
There you have it, go see Moneyball!