Sunday, November 09, 2003

At the Movies

This weekend's box office results are in with The Matrix taking the top spot. Who cares. I might be the only person who hasn't seen any of The Matrix movies, not that I haven't tried sitting through them on more than one occasion, but I refuse to drink the Kool-Aid on this one. The Matrix is for pseudo-intellectuals who think that concept of "what is real?" is mind-blowing and life-altering. And which actor is bringing them such deep, thought-provoking art? Keanu Reeves. 'Nough said.
So onto some movies that are actually worth your nine bucks...
ELF: God bless Will Ferrell. He plays the grown-up child with such innocence that instead of coming off creepy, which is what usually happens when adults act like children, Will's version is endearing. ELF is funny, but those of you expecting "Old School" part 2, will leave disappointed. This is a safe family movie that tries to make you feel warm and fuzzy about the holidays. The jokes are silly without resorting to toilet humor. It might as well have been made by Disney instead of New Line. SIDE NOTE - When did New Line become such a power-house studio? I remembering them doing the Nightmare on Elm Street movies as a kid, but that was about it. Now they have the Lord of the Rings, Freddy Vs. Jason, Texas Chainshaw Massacre, and ELF (which came in at Number 2 this weekend racking in 32.1 million). And I swear no one at New Line told me to write this, even though I play on their softball team.
The other movie I saw this weekend was LOVE ACTUALLY, which I actually loved. (Sorry, I couldn't resist). I love British anything, and though I wouldn't classify this is as British movie because the only thing British about it was the majority of the cast and the location in which the film takes place. Otherwise, it's pure Hollywood. Love Actually brilliantly intertwines different people and their love lives, which vary from dealing with the death of a spouse, getting the courage to tell someone you love them, cheating, and the start of a new relationship. It's another warm fuzzy movie taking place around Christmas time. 'Tis the season I guess. And no, this movie isn't just for girls. Metro-sexuals will like it too. The only thing that annoyed me were the stereotypes that filled this movie. American girls dig guys with British accents, and regardless of looks or personality, they will instantly be attracted to you. Girls like guys in bands. The US President is a sleazy womanizer. Taking it even a step farther, Hugh Grant's character who plays the Prime Minister falls for one of his female workers who has dark hair, is repeatedly referred to as being over-weight (BUT WAS NOT FAT AT ALL!), and in one scene goes up to the Prime Minister during a public appearance and hugs him while wearing a beret. COME ON! Ok, ok. We get it. Stop making these dumb Monica references. It dates the film, which will ruin trying to watch it years from now on cable on a Saturday afternoon. But for a Saturday morning matine followed by brunch with my good friend Stacy , it was perfect.