March 3, 2008

Movie Reviews and Upcoming Releases

Hi friends...
Nothing much to report here! I am at work and things are going smoothly. Had a great weekend with my friend Rebecca! We chatted and hung out Saturday afternoon, then went to see The Other Boleyn Girl. I'll give an abbreviated review:

I always like books better.

But, I will say that seeing the costumes and settings come to life were exciting. I was disappointed though, because they didn't do plot and character development that were so critical to the book. I also felt like the focus was more on Anne's story, not Mary's. They did feature Mary more than any past movie has, but I didn't feel like they did her justice. They didn't show how vicious Anne was to get to the throne. In the book, you want to strangle her because she is so mean and selfish. Of course it's terrible that she ended up losing her life, but sin has consequences. By the way, I don't think I ruined the ending just now for anyone...I believe it's common knowledge that Anne Boleyn was least I hope that's common knowledge?

Anyway, it was proof to me that the written word is usually more powerful than visual representations. And honestly, people...Scarlett Johannson was NOT the right person for this part. (For those of you who don't know, she's the one on the right.) Maybe it's just me....but compared to Natalie Portman? Do you think they look like sisters?

I personally think that Alexis Bledel should have been Mary. She has a mild personality but I've seen her do some great work. She would've been better, in my opinion.

Speaking of Alexis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is coming out!!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED the first one, and I can't wait for the sequel. Interestingly, I read the book before the movie and in this case I liked the movie better. It was just awesome. Go rent it! Also...drumroll, please....the movie version of the musical MAMMA MIA is coming out! I saw this musical in London and it's lighthearted and fun. It's based on the music of ABBA, so pretty much awesome! The storyline is a little weird though....this girl is getting married and there's three different men who could be her father, so she invites all three and then chaos ensues, etc....weird plotline, I know....but I'm pumped about this one. Meryl Streep and Colin Firth are in it too! :)

Since I'm on a movie kick, I'll continue. I think Kurt and I may actually go see "Be Kind Rewind" with Jack Black. In the movie, these guys work at a video rental store and something de-magnatizes all the movies, therefore erasing them. So Jack and the other workers try to re-enact all the movies people want to rent. That actually sounds somewhat funny to me, and you know I'm picky about humor. So that has potential.

Soon-to-be released is Mrs. Pettigrew Lives For A Day. I think it's set in the 30s, so the costumes and scenery should be fabulous. I became a fan of Amy Adams in "The Wedding Date" and "Enchanted," so I definitely want to see her in this. It looks cute!

I'm wondering about the movie Penelope. I copied this from a website:
"A modern day romantic tale about a young girl's inspiring journey, a mysterious family secret and the power of love. With all odds against her, in order for Penelope to break the family curse, she must find true love with "one of her own kind." The warm and funny adventure leads her to realize the most important life lesson, 'I like myself the way I am.' " I think this could be cute! It has Christina Ricci in it, who I've never cared for, but I like wholesome movies that have a good message :)

So folks, those are your movie thoughts for the day. Leave me a comment to say hi...I like hearing from you!


demetria said...


i was just wondering earlier if you had seen the other boleyn girl yet. i was thinking of getting the book.

i don't think i can change bunko, ashley. i know that you'll be skiing. i'm so sad that you'll miss this time!!! have fun, though!!

Sonia said...
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R Harmon said...

Lol! I just wrote about The Other Boleyn Girl on my blog. You're much more detailed than I was, though. Oh Ashley, I feel horrible! I meant to tell you that I could help you with organizing when I was over at your house, but we just had too much fun talking that I forgot about it. Anyway, whenever I come over again, we can organize. I really do enjoy it!

The Peacock Flock said...

Yay you found me! I'm glad you have decided to quit what we talked about (that comment makes you sound like you're addicted to something). If you have any more questions about it, let me know!

Carrie and David said...

I love all your movie reviews! Who needs to watch movie trailers when you're arounnd!? Haha

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