A Christian girl's perspective on whatever movie she happens to be watching.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Note

"There's something about the note that touches everyone."

My dad actually asked me to preview this for his ministry. 
I love Christmas dramas, so I was game!
The Note was intriguing, depressing, surprising, 
and other such things.
A devastating plane crash turns Peyton Macgruder's failing newspaper column into the paper's most popular feature, after she finds a note that seems to belong to one of the victims.
Determined to find the person the not was meant for, Macgruder takes her readers all around the country, interviewing only the surviving children of the deceased victims. Oh, and their first name must start with T.
And she's  being stalked by a big name reporter trying to steal her story. And she's being haunted by horrible memories of her husband's death and her suicide attempt, and her lost child.
Merry Christmas!

Ok, I spent the whole movie crying because I thought her suicide attempt resulted in the miscarriage of her baby, and I just wasn't able to handle that. Until the end when the serendipitous little twist makes like happy again. But still, until you learn all that, the movie's a downer. I also didn't like that the guy she ends up with is divorced. His loser of a wife left him AND turned his son against him. 
I don't blame him, I just don't like that.
I didn't notice any language.. But no subtitles = no promises. 

I liked the movie a whole lot better at the end then I did in the middle.. 
Something about it misleading me and making me very upset kind of irked me.
But I still liked the movie. It was clean, cute, and on occasion, corny. 
King was an uber flirt, and the creepy stalker dude has made me determined
 to never marry a news reporter.
The happy ending was fantabulous, and I liked all her journalistic activities. 
Newspapers have always fascinated me.
Overall I'd give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Once Upon a Mattress

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Once upon a time 
a young Prince Dauntless was constantly courted by wannabe brides.
However, none of these fair young ladies were princess-y enough for Daunty's overbearing mother. 
"You can tell a lady by her elegant hair, 
But a genuine princess is rare."
Unfortunately, the queen's picky behavior doesn't only keep her son single, it also keeps every other young lover unwed. 
Which could be a problem for the lovely Lady Larkin 
(Played by Zooey Deschanel!!), 
and the stalwart Sir Harry.
 (Note: Not Prince Harry, Sir Harry.)
Due to a "moment of weakness", the lady is now expecting, and if they can't get married before someone notices, the couple's in some big trouble.
So Sir Harry sets off to find a real princess for Dauntless to marry. He returns with.. Well.. Fred.
Princess Winifred is from the swamps, which may explain her swimming the moat,and other such oddities. 
Needless to say, the queen is not impressed. 
"Goodbye, good luck, get out."
But Dauntless has fallen in love and insists his mother tests Princess Fred the same as all the other girls.
So she does. Well, maybe not the *exact* same way she tests the others.. 
This test involves a pea. And twenty feather mattresses. And a little cheating on both the queen and Sir Harry's part. 
(Ironically the cheating didn't change the results either way.)
And so the story goes.

While this movie had tons going for it, it also had quite a few negatives. 
Obviously the fact that Lady Larkin is pregnant out of wedlock is not really adding any positive messages.
 (Though they are trying to get married.)
The Lord's name is abused in song and speech several times.
Modesty wise, I don't think anyone ever wanted to see that much of Carol Brunette. And there are a couple other dresses as well. 
I'm not sure if others would consider this a negative.. Probably not.. But the song when Dauntless's father attempts to explain "the flowers and the bees" to his son, was, at the least, awkward to watch. 

It was a cute movie.
Some of the songs were fantabulous. 
I loved the Happily Ever After song Fred sings.
And the Shy song.
And the Normandy song Lady Larkin and Sir Harry sing. 
(Gotta love Zooey's voice.)
Lady Larkin's dress was gorgeous, and the overall story was very funny. The King may have been my favorite character. 
Over all it gets 
3 and a half stars

I think I may already own this movie.. 
Probably in the homeschool room.. Which is why it's never seen the light of day.. 
(Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. Everyone has a room like that..)


The Next Great Fantasy

"That's the spirit - one part brave, three parts fool."
I'm sorry, but I'm a sucker for fantasy. 
Princesses, dragons, swordplay, good beating evil..
All that jazz..
This movie all all of that and a bag of chips. 
Eragon's a farm boy. He likes being a farm boy. He also likes "sword" fighting with is cousin, and attempting to hunt. His life is simple, and while he wouldn't mind a bit of adventure,
 he's content to stay a farm boy for now.
Miles away however, a princess is fleeing for her life (From the wizard of an evil king) with an egg shaped rock tied to her back, and her guards being shot out behind her. And then she's surrounded, so she speaks Elvish to her rock. It disappears, and she's captured by the creepy wizard dude. 
Back to Eragon we go, and he finds the rock. Later, it hatches because it is indeed an egg. 
It's an adorable blue dragon. She grows up, and apparently she and Eragon can read each other's minds and therefore can communicate. Now he just has to learn to ride her.
Enter Brom; the gnarled ex-dragon rider who becomes a very dear friend to Eragon.
(Spoiler: Don't get too attached, he dies.) 
Eragon now has to find the Varden (The rebellion against the evil king) on his own.
Well, on his own along with his dragon, the newly rescued (and recently poisoned) princess, and a cute little archer named Murtagh. Once they find them they quickly are found by the evil king and there is an epic battle. The movie ends I suppose like the book does. (I've yet to read the books.)

The movie was pretty good. No language, and not really any immodesty. However, there was a whole lot of sorcery, witchcraft, and such. It seemed to be a big part of the story, and not just a side thing. It was hard to watch. 

I liked Arya. And I liked Eragon. 
I thought Durza looked like the Wormtongue guy from Lord of the Rings. Saphira was adorable as a baby, and was quite funny as an adult dragon. Had it not been for the insane amount of sorcery, I would have thoroughly enjoyed this movie. 
However because of this issue, I can only give Eragon 
3 stars out of 5.

I most likely won't be buying this movie. 
I'll most likely will read the books though, unless they're not worth it..