Cub Scout Camping weekend is met with great joy around our house. The boys go camping and get very dirty, and very wet river rafting and come home sunburned and covered in band aids. But the greatest joy is when they back out the driveway and leave me to watch whatever I want. Now I had a sweater I wanted to finish knitting for conference, so I stacked up a pile of rentals and Netflix and got to work.
Robin Hood. I settled in to watch the first DVD in this BBC television series sort of expecting something akin to Pride & Predjudice or Horatio Hornblower. What I got was more Bennie Hill meets Monty Python. I was rather disappointed, because the film sets and costumes and sparks of moments give me hope of something seriously historical and then it goes campy on you. So then it turns from wonderful to watch (aka Cranford) to just sort of that guilty pleasure you get out of watching a reality show.
The Nanny Diaries. Okay, this is a girl’s weekend, and I knew I’d never get the DH to watch. That was sort of the criteria for all the choices this weekend. This being squarely in the “I’d rather watch reruns of The First 48 that that,” I decided to watch it. Laura Linney was wonderful and the final scenes of her with her son were worth the watch, but all in all, it was rather forgettable.
Juno. I came to this movie rather reluctantly because all of the praise and gushing Oscar attention it got and I was clearly skeptical that a movie could be that good. Boy, was I wrong. I haven’t cried this hard in a movie in a long time, and I sobbed. I had to stop the movie and pull myself together before I could watch the end. I thought Jennifer Gardner was completely breathtaking as the wanne-be mother. She just broke my heart. And Juno? She was so wonderfully quirky, so completely in over her head, and just as lost as Vanessa, Gardner’s character. Don’t miss this movie.
27 Dresses. I watched this on the recommendation of my good buddy, Melissa McClone. It was fun and quirky and surprising and again, liked it more than I could help. Of course, I had Matthew home with me, and it is one of his autistic quirks that you cannot watch a movie without subtitles and never in English. So I came out a couple of times to find the movie running along in French with Spanish subtitles, and my little angel grinning up at me. So it took a few takes to get all the way through the movie, but what I did hear in English, I thought quite fun. Would recommend this one.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately? And please don’t say The Dark Knight, because I am in the camp that says, “I wish I hadn’t gone and seen that.” It was just too violent for me. Yes, Heath Ledger is mesmerizing even when he is just sitting still in an empty jail cell. He should get an Oscar nod for that performance because it is quite amazing, but the complete anarchy and insanity of the Joker made the film too difficult for me to watch. What did you think?