Movies that were Better Than I Thought
Wanna watch some good movies? Then check these out...
I’m not a big movie buff. I’ve got lots of friends who love movies, but it's not my favorite form of storytelling. So know that the fact that I thought these movies were good is a Big Deal. Most of the time when I watch films and such, when I get to the end I just shrug. Not bad, but not great. But when I finished these three, I remember thinking “that was good and/or unexpected” all three times.
Isn’t It Romantic (starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, and Adam Devine)
I must admit that ever since Pitch Perfect, I love Rebel Wilson. The addition of Adam Devine to the roster doubled my interest. I was not expecting to be wowed by this one, but I caught myself laughing out loud several times. IMDB describes the movie as “A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy” which is pretty accurate. Thor’s brother (Hemsworth) plays the sexy guy that every girl expects to fall in love with, but due to romcom rules, all the action happens off screen (i.e. while they are sleeping). All the tropes are there – gay best friend, guy next door you didn’t know you were in love with, random songs. I thought it was hilarious and well worth two hours of your time.
Fighting with my Family (starring Lena Headey, Dwayne Johnson, and Vince Vaughn)
I’m not a big fan of wrestling, but I found something about this movie oddly captivating. And the fact that it’s based on the true story of WWE performer Paige makes it even more moving. Paige grows up in a British family who is OBSESSED with wrestling. She and her brother travel around on the amateur British circuit trying to work their way up. When Paige gets a shot at the big leagues of WWE, she is tested in more ways than she thought possible. Added bonus: the movie is directed by Stephen Merchant aka Amy Farrar Fowler’s post-Sheldon date who is obsessed with her former beau/future love. It’s quirky and I really enjoyed it.
Long Shot (starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen)
I’ve never been a big fan of the Apatow aesthetic, so when I saw that Seth Rogen was in this one, I didn’t have high hopes. But this is not an Apatow movie. Charlotte Field (Theron is running for president) and needs a new speech writer found in Fred Flarsky (Rogen). The twist: they went to high school together and Fred has always had a crush on the glamorous Field. The part I loved about this movie is that no matter how elegant and poised she seemed, Field wasn’t too stuck up to notice and appreciate Flarsky. For his part, Flarsky was full of laughs, but they were with him, not at him. Also, if Charlotte Field wants to run for president in the real world, she’d get my vote.
Ok, friends. Those are my fun finds in the world of movies. Hope you enjoy.