Winter has been a major jerk this year, in Michigan. Yes, we get winter every year. But, this one is like the winterest! It's like the winter of epic proportions! This is the kind of winter that is supposed to be reserved for our upper peninsula. Us down state folks like our winters short (relatively speaking), and with enough snow to brag about how good we are at driving in it, but not enough to inconvenience us for any length of time. So, when you have a season like this one; when schools have been closed thirteen times for snow and ice or dangerous cold, when the sun seemingly never shines, when there's several FEET of snow on the ground, and it just keeps on snowing... you end up with a state full of really pissed off people who are so over Old Man Winter.
Here's my road.
Here's the snow pile from my driveway.
Here's my eight year old on top of that pile. Yes, that is a power line behind her.
As of right now, with all the school cancellations, the first day of summer break won't be until June 18th. And winter is not over yet... I heard this morning that our temps are forecasted in the long range models, to be below normal through May. Wahhh!!!
So, what that amounts to, is me catching up on some movies that I have been meaning to see. I thought I would take a minute and give my thoughts on the ones I have seen recently. There may be some mild spoilers beyond this point, just so you know.
My husband bought me Man of Steel on blu-ray for Christmas and I hadn't seen it in the theaters, so I was hoping that it was going to be a flick worth owning. I was pretty impressed by the trailers, so I wasn't too concerned. Superman is an icon. I was interested to see someone else's version of the well known hero.
First off let me say that I did enjoy the movie, very much. I think that Cavill was an excellent choice to play the part. That is spoken both as a fan of the genre and as a chick. YES!
I liked the combination of flashback and present time. It allowed for a certain amount of back story without it being a straight up origin story in the general sense. I liked the attention that was paid to the struggle Clark endured as he tried to come to terms with his differences. That made the character feel more genuine, instead of Clark just happily accepting his role, as he is often portrayed.
I like what they did with the storyline, but I also sort of took issue with some of the things they decided to change in this new version. I grew up on Christopher Reeve's Superman. Even though I wasn't much of a comic reader as a kid, I knew the story of Superman, of Jor El, of Krypton's destruction. And some basic elements were changed. I did have a little bit of a tough time with some of that. I won't get too specific.
I couldn't wait for the ending because I kept hearing about what Superman does to General Zod and how it goes against everything he stands for. I didn't feel that way at all! He was saving the humans, which is what he does. So, I get it. I actually thought that the amount of destruction done to Metropolis in the final battle scene with Zod was far more uncharacteristic of Superman than Zod's eventual demise.
All in all, I loved it. I can't wait to get to know Cavill's Superman a little better. He won me over.
I also saw THOR: The Dark World. I knew this movie was going to be terrific. Of the new MARVEL Avengers, I love the THOR movies. Something about Asgard really captures me imagination. And, the visuals are just stunning. I guess for me, it's a toss up between Iron Man and Thor.
Loki totally stole the show, as has been the case previously. We all love Tom Hiddleston. Also, in usual fashion, there was a real lack of chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. Thankfully, their relationship isn't the epicenter of the movie. Yikes...
I think one of the things that separates the MARVEL franchise movies from the new DC movies is the sense of humor. The movies each give you reasons to smile, whereas the Dark Knight and Man of Steel movies are ultra serious. One is not better than the other, they are just different in that way.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. My family left the theater declaring that the second was superior to the first. Personally, like my children, I love them equally. :)
We had free movie channels one weekend recently, and I decided to watch Snow White & the Huntsman. I didn't have very high expectations for this movie because it seems like outside of Mordor and Hogwarts, the makers of the fantasy genre put out some really terrible stuff. As a long time lover of fantasy and fairy tale things, this has long disappointed me. I was bored and it was crappy out, so I decided to give this movie a try.
This movie caught me by surprise. I found myself enjoying it immensely. I loved Charlize Theron as the evil queen. Not since Willow's Bavmorda have I feared an evil queen so much. Kristen Stewart was even tolerable when you looked past her on again off again quasi-British accent. The dark forest rivaled the Princess Bride's Fire Swamp, in the danger within.
I was sucked right into this fairy tale. Actually, I searched the Directv guide and added the next showing to my recording list. For me, there was a lot to love about this movie. I give it a thumbs up!
I took the kids to see The Lego Movie this weekend. Honestly, I would have been okay seeing this movie sans children because I knew it was going to be super fantastic. I was not disappointed. Everything is awesome!
It's smart, funny, the animation is so imaginative. I think I smiled through the entire movie. This is a movie that adults can easily appreciate.
I think my favorite aspect of the entire movie was the portrayal of Batman. I have always sort of had a loathing of Batman, as a character. I mean, I love Batman movies. But, I don't like Batman the man. The things I love most about Batman is the villains. Batman has the far superior villains. In the most recent Dark Knight adaptations, it is the villains that make me love the movies. Scarecrow, The Joker, Bane... Those movies were won by the villains! (IMO)
That's why, when Batman is painted as an arrogant super-macho douche in this film, I just ate it right up. The things Lego Batman says are so funny. He's so self centered. They totally captured my view of the essence of Batman.
Here's a little taste of Lego Batman.
I am in love with The Lego Movie. I will own it as soon as it comes out. It's a real keeper and it's the top movie for 3 weeks in a row for a reason. Do yourself a favor and go check it out.
So, that's what I've been up to... Putting on winter weight and watching movies. Have you seen any of these movies? If so, what did you think?