April 12th, 2010 – See this if . . .

Today for Movie Monday I will tell you about a bunch of great movies and a few other things I have been watching. It will give you three reasons you should see it and one reason you may want to avoid it.

In theaters: Date Night. Starring Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. Written by Josh Klausner. Directed by Shawn Levy.

See this movie if . . .

. . . you enjoy the Thursday night lineup on NBC. NBC doesn’t have much going for it right now. In the mid-90’s during the Friends/Seinfeld/ER run, you couldn’t find a network willing to even challenge them for Thursday night supremacy. They have constantly struggled to achieve the glory days once again with Thursday nights. The current lineup is as close as they may ever get. The Office is still one of my favorite shows ever and 30 Rock certainly can deliver some great laughs. Steve Carell and Tina Fey do an amazing job together.

. . . you want some relatable humor. Carell and Fey obviously draw upon their own lives for their characters. Both married and parents themselves, the humor is very relatable for the everyday person just trying to get by and keep their relationship/marriage fresh.

. . . you need a night of relaxation. This movie doesn’t tackle the moral debate of The Dark Knight or anything; however, it does allow you to slip back and just enjoy yourself for a while. Highlights include a near perfect use of the F-word that PG-13 rated movies only get one use of and a dance sequence to rival Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

Don’t see this movie if . . .

. . . you enjoy more mainstream comedy. This movie was immensely enjoyable, but did resort to some basic storytelling. Those who enjoy fighting conformity are sure to avoid this movie more so than others. If you are seeking an excess of intellectual humor, this one may fall short a bit, but they never aimed to make you question your life after watching Date Night.

On Blu Ray/DVD: Fantastic Mr. Fox. Voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Jason Schwartzman. Based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. Written for the screen by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Directed by Wes Anderson.

See this movie if . . .

. . . you like the quirky humor of Wes Anderson. Anderson’s work can sometimes be hard to comprehend/swallow. He is a very quirky director and some of his movies are very much outside of the mainstream. However, if you enjoy his work, you will love this movie. From replacing what would have been his regular R rated dialogue by literally having the characters say “What the cuss is he doing?” provides such a clever way to give entertainment for parents and children alike.

. . . you enjoyed the original book. While the movie does add a lot of newer plot twists and material, it stays faithful to the source material. You find yourself smiling at the familiarities of the farmers and adds great material so the 90 minutes doesn’t become obnoxiously stretched thin like The Polar Express.

. . . you enjoy a great family movie with excellent voice acting. The three main leads listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Other actors helping out range from Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore) to Willem Dafoe to Bill Murray to Brian Cox.

Don’t see this movie if . . .

. . . claymation drives you mad. The jumpy method is embellished and capitalized on. The family movie provides a unique experience and should be seen by everyone. However, if you only see CGI animated movies in 3D or think subtitles constitutes heavy reading, this may not be the one to see.


One comment

  1. Hey Tom, Very nice reviews. You should submit them to the Denver Post and other newspapers throughout Colorado. Folks like me would appreciate movie reviews like this prior to hitting the theater or deciding if we should add the movie to our NetFlix queue. Very well written. “See it” and “Don’t see it” commentary really helps with the decision to watch the movie or not watch the movie. “C it” or “C it not” might be a fun “catch line”.

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