Usually the Movie Round-Up in on Friday, but due to the holiday here in the US everything is opening on Wednesday.
Burlesque: (offical site)
I’ll admit to a desire to see this film. Long, long ago two girls came out of the Disney music factory around the same time. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. While many folks hitched their trailers to Ms. Spears, I always felt that Ms. Aguilera was the better talent. Today, with Britney a train wreck and Christina only having hit a few bumps, I’d say I was right. More than that, though, this movie has Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci, and a slew of other fine folks. However, I won’t be seeing this in the theater, as I’ve offered to let the wife and a few other ladies have a night out without the boys, while us boys are on baby sitting duty. So, Burlesque, I’ll see you on Netflix.
Faster: (official site)
You won’t find me waiting in line for this movie this week. Sure, it looks like fun. Dwayne Johnson is playing a bad-ass out for revenge, and the film looks filled to the brim with other recognizable faces. But I’ve watched the trailer a handful of times and its hook just isn’t reeling me in. I’m sure I’ll see it someday, but not anytime soon.
Tangled: (official site)
If I had kids of an appropriate age, I’d be seeing this. It looks funny, and Disney has a pretty good record with its kid oriented movies. As with the two films above, I’m sure I’ll see this at some point, but not this week.
Love and Other Drugs: (official site)
Oddly enough, the movie with the most pull for me this week, the one I’d most likely go to see in the theater, happens to be the one I’ve already seen. Like, months ago. This movie is two stories wrapped in one. On one side you have Jake Gyllenhaal as Jamie, a guy trying to figure himself out and doing so as a pharmaceutical salesman. On the other you have him and Anne Hathaway as Maggie, and the relationship between them. The two stories intertwine as his career launches and they both deal with her Parkinson’s and how it affects their feelings. I went into this film thinking it was just going to be another throwaway romantic comedy. The trailers I had seen sure made it to be that way, with Jamie selling Viagra and little clips of the two of them meeting for sex. But the actual film has a whole lot more heart than that. It is funny, but it’s also smart and sexy. I’d recommend it to just about any couple looking for a good date movie. Not a first date, or even an early one. But perhaps if you are the sort of person who needs to shift things around or get a sitter to have a date night with your significant other, then you should do so to go see this movie. Well worth the price of admission.