The first is a rare instance of us seeing a movie on its opening day. This one would be a split vote. (So the overall ratings are mine.)
**** Take This Waltz (June 2012) – Theatre
Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby. Young couple meet and are instantly attracted. Unfortunately, she’s already married to a great guy.
She says: This movie took me on a journey.
The beginning was rocky: slow, presenting the initial meet of Margot and Daniel, but then focusing more on the quirks of her marriage with Lou. The couple comes off as really annoying. At this point, I didn’t particularly like the movie.
But most of the movie focuses on the “in between”, which Margot confesses, in the beginning, is a state she can’t stand. During this part, I got caught up in her dilemma: Will she or won’t she give in to her passion? Should she or shouldn’t she? Margot and Daniel circle around each in a desirous dance that could hardly be sexier (though that response may be a girl thing)…
And the way the movie concludes, which I won’t spoil, made me love it. The cinematography, the music, the story progression… Fab.
He says: I knew before you said that you liked that one, but I just didn’t get it. I didn’t understand them, I didn’t understand the point.
Michelle Williams was adorable, though. I love her look.
Whereas this next one, we saw only after it had been out for weeks…. Interestingly, another split vote.
*** Marvel’s The Avengers (May2012) – Theatre
Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanesson. The unlikely team of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow team up to battle a threat to humanity.
She says: Though not a big comic book person, I did really enjoy the interplay of these very different characters: the 40s-era Captain American with the ultra-modern Iron Man; or the god Thor and the Incredible Hulk. And I appreciated the humor and pacing that Joss Whedon brought to this special-effects extravaganza.
And now I kind of want to see Iron Man, because he was my favorite.
He says: That wasn’t that great, was it? I mean the story wasn’t much. There was no mystery to it.
I don’t know what happened. I should have liked this one.