Every week, my mom and I get together for a girls’ night — dinner and a movie, sometimes a little bit of shopping. Here are my reviews of a few that we saw recently (although I went to see Django with Brent).
#1: Django Unchained
What can I say about this movie? It was AWESOME.
I heard about Django from watching Oprah’s interview with Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington. I’ve been a big fan of Kerry Washington ever since Scandal premiered, so just knowing that she was in this movie made me want to go see it. Hearing her talk about her experiences filming this movie made me want to go even more.
Brent and I went to see it a few weeks ago and we really, really enjoyed it. Not only was it extremely funny, it was also insanely intense. And it was a perfect marriage of the two. After seeing it, I ended up reading this really interesting article about the comedy used in Django Unchained and how it played into the racial aspect of viewing this movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you should definitely check it out!
One thing about the movie that was really noticeable was the use of extreme gore and violence. While the blood looked fake and didn’t creep me out (which apparently is a Tarantino “thing” and was definitely on purpose), the violence seemed very real and there was at least one scene that I had to close my eyes for. Although hardcore, I thought that the violence in this movie was incredibly appropriate. It worked to capture the historical truthfulness behind this movie and was a serious wake-up call to the racial injustice that has been (and is) committed in our country.
I would highly recommend seeing this movie. There was absolutely nothing about it that I didn’t like, and it was by far my favorite — and the best — movie that I’ve seen over the past year.
#2: Silver Linings Playbook
This was another great movie that I would highly recommend seeing. Silver Linings Playbook was hilarious, heartwarming, and inspiring.
I loved how this movie focused on mental illness. Mental illness is such a taboo topic, even though, as a nation, we’ve made great progress towards being more accepting and understanding about it. Although I don’t personally have the types or intensity of mental illnesses that were portrayed in the movie, I was definitely able to relate to it, since I do suffer from an anxiety disorder and depression.
Even though the topic of this movie — mental health — is a serious one, I was enthralled with how humorous it was made in the movie. There is a fine line between finding the humour in mental illness and downright mocking it, though. I was very glad to see how respectful the movie was able to remain, while still making the audience laugh non-stop.
Going into this movie, I was sure that I was going to have a problem with Bradley Cooper playing the male lead in this movie. Having seen him in The Hangover, I had my doubts that I was going to be able to separate him from that character. But I was actually quite surprised to see how great of an actor he truly is. I did not think about The Hangover once during this movie. I was honestly amazed at how good of an actor he is!
I was having the same types of feeling towards Jennifer Lawrence before seeing it as well. After seeing The Hunger Games, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to see her as anyone else beside Katniss. She did do a great job but, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to separate her from The Hunger Games as much as I was able to separate Bradley Cooper from The Hangover. Although, I think part of that had to do with the fact that his character was so different, while hers wasn’t as completely opposite.
#3: Movie 43
I’m literally so upset with this movie that I’m not even going to dignify it with a review. Within the first minute and a half of the movie starting, I already wanted to leave. And I mean, I really wanted to leave. I’ve never even left a movie before, but it was that bad. Can I just tell you that, at one point, after the movie was about 10 minutes in, a couple walked into the theater and BEFORE THEY EVEN SAT DOWN, they turned around and left because of what was going on on the screen.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say that this is literally the worst movie I’ve ever seen, if not the worst movie ever made.
Do not go see this movie. You will regret it. If I had paid for the tickets instead of my mom, I would’ve asked for a refund. It was that bad.