It wasn’t horrible. It wasn’t good either, being incredibly predictable and not very ably acted. Nor were the dirt bike scenes very interesting, but overall it wasn’t an offensive movie, just the kind of movie that shows up on cable and you leave it on because you are mildly depressed and can’t think of anything better to do.
Cost: free due to boyfriend going out of town and letting girlfriend poach off his Netflix queue.
Where watched: At home, while painting my toenails a fabulous shade of dark blue with turquoise glitter. My time wasn’t invested in vain because they look great!
Channing Tatum screen time: probably about 10 minutes total. He plays the son of a man who owns a company that makes dirt bikes. I’m guessing if the dirt bike people read this review they would leave very angry comments about my use of the word dirt bikes.
The brother was interested, and so we went. The second viewing was just as enjoyable as the first, despite the outrageous ticket price* and because the two women sitting to my left had clearly not read the book and so were audibly shocked, amazed and awed at each plot turn.** And man, Jennifer Lawrence is a pro.
Where watched: Cinetopia Progress Ridge with Chris.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2013/posters/hunger_games_catching_fire_ver3.jpg
(I love the not-so-subtle homage to Soviet-era posters)
*The reason Cinetopia is the one local theater chain I don’t support or frequent. Seriously, their motto could be “Cinetopia: Where the suburban middle class pays entirely too much for a movie, then purchases overpriced food and drink on top of that.”
**Their gasps and sighs were a good reminder why it’s fun to watch movies in a crowd.
Judy Dench is one of the incredibly rare actors that seemingly everything she does is worth watching and this was no exception. I was interested in Steve Coogan, an actor I had only seen in comedies*, taking a quite good dramatic turn. Many small details in this film delight, especially for anyone of a certain age who has a mother of a greater age, and I was surprised to be shocked and moved as much as I was.**
Cost: Free due to Regal Crown Club kicking me out a free movie.
Where watched: Some huge Regal Theater in East Vancouver with Kelly and Margaret.***
*For me, most memorably as the short-lived director in the hilariously funny Tropic Thunder
**This was a solid film. Recommended.
***”This is my first film in a theater since December.” said Margaret, who had recently returned from the Ukraine. “This is my first film in a theater since yesterday.” said I, who needs to reign in her consumption of first-run movies, STAT!