Movie Review: Two Weeks Notice

I was hoping to indulge in a good romantic comedy, but sadly Two Weeks Notice did not do the job. I had high hopes with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock and since it was an early 2000s film, but I just did not enjoy it. Honestly, it wasn’t very funny or swoony.

Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses. This role seemed quirky and cute like her usual picks, but then the story just got worse and worse. There was no build-up as to why they “fell in love.” It just seemed very forced and a bit stupid. Why was she so jealous of the girl she hired to take her job? What about him was she attracted to?

I just didn’t understand the flow of events. It had a story with good potential, but the execution didn’t do it justice. It made it supremely cheesy (which I am okay with) and it just didn’t provide any sort of magic that a romantic comedy should produce.

Bottom Line: Two Weeks Notice was a huge let-down. It didn’t provide any magic that is expected of a romantic comedy. It wasn’t a bore or anything, I just felt the story didn’t have good flow and didn’t really give you enough information to believe their feelings for each other.

Movie Review: Big

The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.

Big is a 1988 comedy about a young boy is who is tired of being small and wishes to be big while playing a mysterious game at a fair. The next day he wakes up as a 30 year old. With the help of his best friend, a plan is hatched to help him lay low until they can figure out how to return him to his former self, but of course this was not as easy as it sounds.

The best way to describe this movie is calling it the “boy” version of 13 Going on 30. Instead of waking up 30 years later as a 30 year old, the young boy wakes up present day as a 30 year old. Another difference is that instead of discovering he has turned into a horrible person, he discovers the adult world can be a scary place until you find your niche.

Tom Hanks is a rockstar in this adorable comedy. He embodies the character perfectly and has the right amount of awkwardness mixed with cuteness. I honestly didn’t want this movie to end as quickly as it did.

Bottom Line: Big is full of quirky characters and big laughs. I would call it family-friendly with some innuendos that would go over a kid’s head, but fun for the adults. Definitely give it a chance if you like classic, cute movies with good storylines.

Movie Review: Before We Go

Before We Go is a movie that Chris Evans starred in and directed. I added it to my Netflix que a while back and just got around to watching it and I am pleased to say that I genuinely really liked it by the end! It has an indie film feel to it, but it also has a heartwarming charm to it. The beginning started off kind of slow, but after 20 or so minutes I was interested in the characters.

This is one of those movies that is based on New York City happenstance. There are a lot of movies that revolve around this notion that strangers meet in NYC and magic happens. Although I don’t believe in this, I will admit that it is a guilty pleasure plot that I enjoy.

Nick and Brooke both find themselves in New York on this fateful night and coincidently Brooke misses her train, but really needs to get back home and Nick is avoiding attending a certain event, so being a true gentleman he offers to help her. So as the movie progresses, the two get into all kinds of mischief while you slowly learn about each of their pasts and circumstances.

I like the mystery and the way it unfolds. I like the almost ending and how it doesn’t go the way you think it is going to. They were going for a “fill in your own ending” which always irritate me, because I like definite endings, but I am still really happy with the way it turned out and I am actually smiling while writing this. Definitely watch if you are a sucker for New York City movies, romance movies, indie love films… just watch it!

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed in this movie. I was already a bit skeptical about it, but I felt that the storyline had a lot of potential with the use of villains we had never seen before. But after the first 15 or so minutes, it started to go downhill.

Predictable is the first word that comes to mind. They had so many options, but of course they chose the classic “superhero” route and had all the characters band together to fight one not-so-menacing bad guy. There wasn’t even very much mutiny or rebellion which obviously would have happened when you force villains to do good.

The whole plot was confusing. There were so many holes in the storyline and pieces that were not explained. They would be talking to people who weren’t introduced and then all of a sudden they would be in some building for some reason, but we don’t know why. They just expected you to accept everything that was going on, because it was going on, but I like to have explanations.

Enchantress was pretty pathetic, especially as  the main bad guy. All she did was stand up in some rubble and dance around with weird mystical crap swirling around above her. Ummm feel a little like X-Men? Ya, I thought so. They could have picked someone way better, but the whole storyline revolving around how she became the big villain in the first place is where it doesn’t make sense and no one would be stupid enough to let it happen.

A joke was what the Joker’s character was. It was already too soon to bring the Joker back into the movies (RIP Heath Ledger– you will forever be the best Joker ever!!). Jared Leto played a horrendously awful Joker. It was way too out there and quite-frankly gross. His fifteen minutes of fame in this movie seriously needed to be cut. The only reason the character should have been in the movie was to explain Harley Quinn’s back story. They should be ashamed of themselves for letting this crap be in the movie.

The only part I enjoyed in this movie was by far the character of Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie did a wonderful job and I was super excited to finally see one of the best female comic characters come to life. I really hope the Harley Quinn movie comes to be, because that and only that will I go see.

They need to put a pause on making superhero movies and rethink them in general. I am glad that they are normally box office hits, but do we need to sacrifice the making of a good movie to create four a year. We used to wait two years to see superhero movies and back then they were good. Now they all have the same plot and are so beyond original and fun. They get worse and worse.

I suggest saving yourself some money and wait to see this till it comes out on Netflix or RedBox, because it is not worth seeing in theaters or at all.

Something Borrowed: On the Page vs. On the Screen

At my local used bookstore, I found Emily Giffin’s novel, Something Borrowed, in the clearance section for $1. This was QUITE a steal, because I instantly fell for this book. I finished it in a few days and then ran out to get the movie. As in most cases, I found the book to be significantly better, but both were lots of fun!

something borrowed bookLast summer, I read Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin and wasn’t very impressed, so I was a bit hesitant to pick up another novel by her, not to mention a novel about cheating. BUT I gave in (because it was a dollar!!) and am so glad that I did.

Something Borrowed was a delight to read! The main character, Rachel, literally made me laugh out loud. She was so relatable for any smart, awkward girl, but also I could identify with her, because I have also had multiple best friends who overshadow me and are obnoxious and selfish.

After finishing the book, I decided to read some reviews and was blown away by how many did not like the book. I found it hard to believe they didn’t enjoy it, but was more blown away by the things they said about Rachel and Dex. Most of these reviews were angry with the how things played out, but how could you? The premise of the book is that a woman slept with her best friend’s fiance and then started falling for him…. so that plot is to be expected. I despised the best friend, Darcy. I found her to be an awful friend and a disgustingly self-centered human being. I didn’t like her from the very first page and didn’t feel bad for her in the least.

I’ll be honest, I rooted for Rachel and Dex the entire time. I found him to be handsome and smart and sincere. Yes, he and Rachel were in the wrong and cheating is definitely not something I want to be a part of, but the situation was all kinds of messed up. Yes, Dex should have called it off way sooner, but Darcy wasn’t innocent during this whole debacle which is important to remember.

I really liked the ending (the whole book really!), just swooning and smiling and getting all giddy. I especially loved Ethan and Hillary, who kind of set the friendship into perspective. We all need friends who will just tell it like it is, but also let us make our own decisions.

When you pick up Something Borrowed, you understand the storyline. The back synopsis tells you it is about cheating and a rocky friendship, so don’t act so shocked that it happens. Try and put yourself in Rachel’s shoes… I very much enjoyed this book and will most likely read it again someday!

something borrowed movieThe movie adaptation wasn’t bad, especially for a romantic comedy. The basic plot was the same with some of the finer details left out or changed, but I feel like that really made the movie take a hit, because those were the details that made the book so hilarious.

I felt Ginnifer Goodwin was a PERFECT choice for Rachel, because she plays that innocent, good girl act so well and she is gorgeous! But Kate Hudson was a PERFECT pick for Darcy, because she plays the too-beautiful, obnoxious, best friend character so well (remember Bride Wars?). And Colin Egglesfield was very handsome and very likeable.

One change I had a problem with was the way Marcus and Claire were portrayed. I know I didn’t mention them in the book synopsis, because they weren’t necessarily key characters, but they completely altered their personalities and I found them to be completely unlikeable or relatable and downright ridiculous. They made Marcus into a manchild and someone who Rachel would never go for and they changed Claire into this psycho-obsessive girl… it just didn’t make sense. Ethan, Rachel’s male best friend, was a great add in. In the movie, Ethan’s character was a mix of Ethan and Hillary in the book, but I feel this change really worked. It didn’t really take away from either character and still flowed with the storyline.

If you were to watch it without having read the book, you would probably really like it. Not really one to watch all the time, but it provides a few laughs. It is a fun, guilty-pleasure story, because no one really wants to condone cheating, but in this case you kind of just have to accept it and root for them. Overall, not a bad adaptation.

❤ a girl