Atonement: I’m going to copy my thoughts on this one from a comment I left on Michelle’s Vox, so I don’t have to type it all again. :) I definitely recommend reading the book before seeing the movie.
It’s hard for me to express exactly what I didn’t like about it, except for the ending. I read two Ian McEwan books this year, Atonement and On Chesil Beach. From those I’m realizing that what I like so much about Ian McEwan is his ability to express feelings, perception, and beliefs through the thoughts of his characters. You really get inside their minds and can see why they are doing things and why other people who don’t know what they’re thinking might misunderstand. I was certain I would/will be disappointed with any movie for their failure to have that all-knowing narration. A movie could still be entertaining, but to me it would lose most of the power of the book. If I had seen the movie first I would have most likely decided not to read the book.
I didn’t like the ending of the movie because it was my favorite part of the book. I liked how privately she reflected on her life and the whole situation. I do not think the interview suited that at all. Not only that, but the whole end didn’t feel like part of the movie, it felt so different and weird.
But despite all this, I did like a few parts of the movie. I liked the beginning, I thought they did a good job showing what a boring, restless day it was that day, without the movie being dull. Everything was gorgeous too. I loved the green dress…. so perfect! :) (but they also, probably because it couldn’t be done without narration, left out my second favorite part – when the mirror “won’t let Cecelia pass”)
I guess I just didn’t like it because of how much I loved the book. The book shook me to the core and the movie was very underwhelming to me.
Juno: I loved Juno. I loved all of the characters, especially her stepmom. I found a lot of aspects of the movie to be fairly unbelievable, but that didn’t affect my overall enjoyment. I also loved the soundtrack. Also, I need a hamburger phone, asap.
Enchanted: I probably would not have seen this in theater if I hadn’t been back home in Michigan. But I am, and my Mom had a free movie ticket to see it, and so it was only $8 total for her, me, and my brother to go. It was pretty cute, and we all enjoyed it. However I don’t think it was as good as it had the potential of being. It was actually a pretty fun idea for Disney, but I don’t think the script was their best work. I would have saved it for Netflix if I hadn’t been here.
Movies I want to see next: Charlie Wilson’s War; Sweeney Todd; National Treasure Book of Secrets (I know, I know); Persepolis. Movies I want to see and desperately hope are still in a theater when I get back to New York: Margot at the Wedding; The Savages.
A note on the Oscars:
Usually I love the Oscars. I love trying to watch as many nominated movies as possible before the show, and I like making predictions on who will win. I like watching the show, especially when I like the host. This year I’m not really looking forward to it at all. One reason is that most of the movies this year that have “oscar buzz” are ones that are dark and violent, and I don’t want to see them. Also, because of the writer’s strike, it’s likely to be an incredibly strange and boring ceremony. It will be interesting if the strike doesn’t get resolved…. will Jon Stewart still host without his writers? If he doesnt, who will?
The one thing I am looking forward to this year is the expected nomination of Once for one or more songs in the best original song category. I can’t wait to see them perform.
However – this being the Oscars – they probably won’t win, because it has to go to some hideously overdone song from a blockbuster movie.
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