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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Latest movies

Water for Elephants - Good, but not great. I agree with the Rolling Stone reviewer that the movie is very pretty, but somehow a bit remote - you should be more involved and more moved; I certainly was reading the book. I think having read the book definitely dimishes some of the magic of the story - both from knowing what happens and from getting a broader picture of the circus and the characters.

Something Borrowed - adorable, mostly because Ginnifer Goodwin is so darn cute.  But it's a little hard to root for the couple, who are cheating on her friend/his fiance.  Kind of a risky premise, because it's really easy to feel like the guy is a jerk and why would Rachel want him anyway.  But they pull it off, without too much slight of hand. Not a waste of 90 minutes of my life.

Avalon High - this Disney offering based on the Meg Cabot book is not a perfect movie - it's a little slow in parts and edges into campiness more than once.  But overall I just loved it because [MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] it turns out that the GIRL is the reincarnation of King Arthur, not the cute boy/football team captain that everyone assumes is The Chosen.  The ending definitely made the whole movie experience better.  (Side note: I notice that this movie is not nearly as popular as other Disney fare, like HSM and, sadly, I assume that has a lot to do with the refreshing girl-power storyline.)



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