Sunday, April 28, 2013

I've had a chance to attend quite a few screenings lately but have unfortunately fallen behind on my reviews.  So for these three recent movies that I saw I'll be giving you mini reviews on them.  And I would encourage if you have any questions to ask in the comments section!

I actually got to attend The To-Do List about a month ago.  The film as you can see from the movie poster was originally scheduled for release on Valentine's Day.  But was postponed til August 16th, 2013.  The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a teen graduating high school making a "Sex" To-Do List before she enters college.  Any movie that starts with the song "Me So Horny" by 2 Live Crew cannot do well.  The film reminds you a lot of why the 1990s was not a great decade.  But other than that the jokes mostly fall flat as Aubrey's deliveries.  Another tell tale sign of this movie's certain demise was when Aubrey interrupted Will Farrell's award speech at the MTV Movie Awards to gain some publicity for her movie.  I give this film 1.0 star out of 5.0.  Avoid it like the plague.

I had the chance to attend the New York red carpet premiere of Kon-Tiki last Monday.  The movie because of it's story and setting has a very Life of Pi feel to it.  The true story is about a Norwegian scientist along with five others attempting to prove that ancient South Americans could have traveled to the Polynesian Islands on a raft.  The story is very interesting and have quite a few spots of humor and excitement. But compared to Life of Pi, it's far inferior.  I would still highly recommend the movie though and give it 3.0 stars out of 5.0.  The movie was released in Norway late last year and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.  It was released in the US this past weekend.

I was able to see The Big Wedding this past Wednesday.  The ensemble comedy has no shortage of big stars and does a great job in getting them together and giving each equal film time.  Just to name a few, the film starred Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams and more.  Given the A list of celebrities, you would expect an amazing film.  But compared to other wedding comedies, the laugh just wasn't as great.  It's still a good film to enjoy over the weekend, but it gets 2.5 stars out of 5.0 from me.  For a better wedding comedy watch either Meet the Parents (2000) or Bridemaids (2011).  If not, you can catch the film now as it was released this weekend.

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