I’ve been cutting back on my movie watching. Although they are a relaxing pastime, they can also occupy too much time—time I could better spend doing other things. I’ve been doing quite well at restricting my cinematic viewing, although it is hard to tell from this past weekend.
At the theater, I saw the new Narnia movie, Prince Caspian, with a group of friends. It was quite good; I give it 4 stars. Although well done, Caspian had more battle scenes and violence then was warranted. I enjoyed The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe much more (5 stars).
On video, our family watched I’m Reed Fish. This is a quirky romantic comedy, a movie about a movie. It has a surprise ending that makes you say, “What just happened?” Fortunately we were able to figure it out, but it was on the second viewing where I was really able to appreciate all the subtle plot details and subdued humor. If you watch it, which I recommend, pay careful attention to the names Kate and Jill. Enough said. I also give it 4 stars.
On TV I watched The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. It’s a dumb title and I dismissed the movie, but knowing that the “adventures” are the results of a young boy’s dreams, made it plausible enough for me to give it a go. Unfortunately, the story line didn’t hold together and it ended a bit sappy and contrived. Two stars.
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