While I was in the motel and suffering from crappy Wi-Fi connection, there wasn’t much I could do but watch movies on my computer. Some good, some bad, some meh. Some blockbusters, some completely unknown. WARNING: spoilers.
21 Jump Street (2013)
Two recently graduated cops go undercover at their old high school to bust some drug dealers and get way more than they bargained for. I thought the movie was hilarious, but there was a lot more violence and swearing than I expected. And of course, role reversal I always enjoy.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Genre: Romantic Drama
Based off Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, the film follows the life of Russian socialite Anna Karenina. To be honest I didn’t understand much of what was going on, and the movie didn’t interest me all that much. It’s pretty much about Anna’s unsuccessful affair and how she gets shunned by society and then dies. It’s pretty tragic. I should probably read the book first and then watch it again.
Everyone keeps quoting this movie so I finally watched it. I thought it was going to be about high school cliques in the vein of, well, The Clique. But nah, it’s about a (sort of) well-meaning high school student who gives people makeovers and stuff. I actually found myself liking it. It had role reversal, broken stereotypes, and the whole “I tried to make you better but I created a monster” thing. I totally saw Tai and Travis as endgame. Tai is such a weird name. And the end kind of weirded me out too—even though Paul Rudd and Lady Silverstone aren’t actually related, it’s still weird… They still untechnically have the same dad. I wonder what he thinks of the whole semi-incest thing. Also it didn’t help that for most of the movie I thought they were all middle school kids. Middle school student + high school student? Noooo. Several times throughout the film I was like “Why are you going around having sex in middle school you perverts.”
The Croods (2013)
I actually saw this movie in 3D with friends back in Shanghai, but I watched it again earlier this month. It’s about cavemen facing the apocalypse, with themes of change, adaptation, and the father-daughter relationship. I love just about everything about this movie—the vivid colors, the characters, the music. I cried and laughed both times I saw it and I highly recommend it.
The Hangover (2009)
Really? 2009? But it has two sequels and it’s only… oh wait, that’s about right. Sometimes I forget that we’re already a few years into this new decade. Anyway, I liked it. I don’t really have much else to say. I predicted the whole “Let’s go on this whole convoluted journey to find this guy, oh wait haha he was right where we left him the whole time!” This is comedy. Of course I adore Ken Jeong in everything—he’s the real star of the show. Or maybe it was the tiger. Why do all rich people have tigers? Is that like an internationally recognized symbol of status and wealth?
The Hobbit (2012)
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Adventure
I had high hopes for this one. High, misplaced hopes. I’d been warned by my friend Ben that “it wasn’t all that good,” with which I now agree. I’ve never read the Hobbit; I tried once in elementary school but it just wasn’t action-packed enough for me. Anyway, all I really remember is the dwarves thinking Bilbo was useless but changing their minds, a lot of Orcs, and Bilbo using the One Ring to hide from Gollum/Smeagol. Oh, and a lot of eagles at the end. Maybe I got my hopes up too high; I really do like Lord of the Rings but I guess I’m not a LOTRian or whatever they call themselves. Would not watch again.