November 21, 2012 by phicks2012
Every once in a while — for example, when the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars — I like to indulge myself with a weekend Movie Marathon, during which I seriously overdose on films I haven’t managed to see yet — either renting them from a source like Redbox.com (which is cheap and convenient, though limited) or from Netflix.com (which is convenient and less limited but also less current) or very rarely from Xfinity.com (which is convenient and more current but also more pricey), or possibly from my own collection of DVDs that I’ve picked up on impulse at sale prices and haven’t yet gotten around to viewing.
Sometimes I select really great movies, and sometimes I bomb, but if occasionally my judgment is less than stellar I can always knock myself in the head with a rubber hammer to the beat of Monty Python’s “Idiot Song”, and swear on a vintage copy of “The Golden Turkey Awards” never to risk either my brain cells or my financial stability again on the off chance (though it occasionally occurs) that, say, a Will Ferrell movie will actually strike me as funny.
This past weekend I went on a (mostly) fantasy and super-hero binge though I started off by watching “The Campaign” (Redbox). Just in case it was horrible I didn’t want to end up with a bad taste in my mouth, and that turned out to be the best decision. Then I went on to re-watching “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” (DVD) before diving into “Captain America” (sale DVD), “Thor” (Netflix), “The Avengers”,(Redbox), and “Snow White and the Huntsman” (Redbox). The weekend was therefore mostly Avengers-and-Fantasy-centric, allowing me to watch good triumph over evil on film, if not always in real life, and these were generally very good movies — even well-cast and well-acted for the most part.
The Campaign was actually funnier than the previews indicated, but only because some really inane scenes were chosen for the previews, doubtless to appeal to the usual WF audience who probably subscribe to the Dumb and Dumber school of Comedy. Zach Galifianakis was actually in my opinion much funnier than Will Ferrell (who can act when he wants but who usually plays such over-the-top roles that the characters become mere characatures), and there were some other good characters as well, but I’m afraid I found it to be a mediocre movie, if with a few decent points.
The Iron Man movies are probably my favorites of the Avengers series because they seem to me to be more character driven, and I prefer that. However, the rest were enjoyable too, and I’ll even probably seek out a copy of The Hulk now just to give it a chance as well. I haven’t rented it previously because it looked to be all CG action sequences and very little else, but…who knows?
Snow White and the Huntsman was an especially pleasant surprise, being even better in my opinion than the previews hinted, and we all know that to be rare occurence indeed. While Kristen Stewart’s Snow White was fair (pun intended), Charlize Theron did a wonderful job with the evil queen, portraying a character that was at once evil, pitiable, and insane rather than simply EVIL, and Chris Hemsworth did a great job giving depth to The Huntsman as well. I’d watch this one again, and want o purchase my own copy.
So that’s it for my for-what-it’s-worth movie reviews. If you’re a die-hard Will Ferrell fan, and I’ve offended — my condolences, but I’m still glad I ended with Super Heroes and fantasy!!