I have not written many reviews on this blog, now that I mention it I think there is only one. The truth is that I have considered the idea of running a review site and I ruled against it. The reason for this is that in most cases there are more than enough “review” people out there. I appreciate these troopers of opinion since I often look to them in times of purchase need. They take time from their lives to take a real long, usually objective, look at things and convey it to the rest of us. This all takes time and that is something I am short on. The way I see it if I want to review something I will do it if it is something that fancies me or if I think it is a good product that has little consumer review.
Today I am looking at movies, something I used to watch religiously and enjoy every moment both good and bad. This was before I had a two year old and a three year old. Between life as a father and husband and a busy career I rarely see movie and most of the time it is not until they hit RedBox. When I do see movies I have been waiting for I keep my thoughts to myself because I do not want others to rain on my imagination that takes that movie and runs with it. You see when I see a movie I love my brain starts working on the sequel the moment the credits start. When I tell others what I thought of the movie it starts to invade my brainiverse and we do not like unwelcome strangers there. So over the years I have learned to talk about my interpretations and feeling about movies to myself. I keep that for similar minded folk and people who know better than to dash my imaginary world in my head based on the movie I enjoyed.
I have had a good weekend so far, I have seen two movies. The first I had been wanting to see forever since I loved the original cannon. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Was my first pick, after the wife and kids were off to bed I started it up thinking I would multitask while it was on. It only took about 15 minutes before I dropped everything and shifted all attention to the movie. I will not go into detail since I think that if you liked the originals you should see it if you haven’t already. I will tell you that it was a fun movie, the idea behind how everything came to be was creative. Caesar had the most difficult job of getting us to not only feel for them apes but at the end actually be on their side cheering them on to victory. I know I was right there with them. I also think that there was a good job done in not making humans all look like a bunch of monsters. In the end both humans and apes were just different enough that we would never truly understand one another.
The second movie was “Kung Fu Panda 2”. Nothing much to say here, it was a good movie my kids loved it and so did I. As far back as high school I have had a love hate relationship with Disney. The fact is that the kid in me will always go back to them but as an adult and lover of unique and talented animation and art I think they are often sub par. Disney fanatics please do not hate, there is more, and besides I never said I completely hate Disney. I have to admit one thing, they have grown over the years and there has been much improvement. Now, back to the Panda. It was a good movie, Jack Black was funny as usual and there was plenty of action to keep the kids interested. Without spoiling anything there is certainly room for a “Kung Fu Panda 3”. What eats me up now that I am a dad and my emotions are a little closer to the surface it that I seem to get a little misty eyed, or dare I say it, weepy, at the end of Disney movie. Even ones I saw before I had kids and I clearly remember never shedding a tear. Any way it happened again here but I will leave it up to you to find out what part of the movie did that to me.
Thank you for reading,