Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Reviews 1, 2 & 3

Over the long holiday weekend I ended up watching three movies from my list for the mini movie challenge that I signed up for!

1) Northanger Abbey (2007 version starring JJ Field and Felicity Jones)

I am pretty sure I have read this Jane Austen book, but it has been awhile, and I had never seen a movie version of this one before. So I was really excited when I got it for Christmas, and when my baby sister came over to hang out with me on new years eve and wanted to watch it, I was so happy to be blessed with such a wonderful little sister! (Something in all us Binkley girls just love anything/everything Austen!!)
I enjoyed this movie thoroughly... it doesn't go on my favorite list, like this version of Mansfield Park, but I did really enjoy it. The story in this one is really fun, with the main character having such a crazy imagination, because she reads too many novels! The actors were good looking, which I would say wouldn't matter, but I found out it did (read my review on movie #2) and I think that for the Austen heroines, Catherine is really quite a funny character. I feel that normally the Austen heroines are really complex characters, but Catherine is refreashingly young and adorable and a simpler character than normal. Not that she didn't have enough depth, just different. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE Austen's other heroines, I just liked the change of pace with this one!
If you are a Austen fan, or you like a victorian era movie, than I would certainly suggest giving this one a watch. It is worth your time! (It really made me want to read the book again, so we will see if I can fit that into my busy reading schedule soon!)

2) Persuasion (1999 version starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds)
This is another one I got for Christmas. I have watched a different version of this Austen classic before, and read the book, so I had a lot of expectations for this movie. I was a bit disappointed. I like the story in this one, but I wasn't impressed with the movie. It felt long, normally (even though Austen movies are often very long) I don't want them to end, but this one felt like it dragged on a bit. I am not sure why. It might have been that I stayed up too late the night before and so I was too tired when I watched this (I watched this with my sister on new years day morning), or maybe it was the actors, or director...I am not sure. I really can't remember much about the other film, because it has been too long since I watched it, but I saw that it will be airing on PBS soon, so I will have to watch it again. Back to the review: The actors were not beautiful in this film, which as I type this I want to kick myself for even thinking such a thing, forget typing it out, but lets face it....Hollywood has us setting EXTREMELY high standards when it comes to beauty in film and I wasn't impressed. Not that the actors weren't nice looking, just not what you feel like you would normally see in a movie! I guess I have become super shallow when it comes to the people I want to watch. How embarrassing, but I think that has to be at least part of it. I watch a ton of movies, so I think I am open to anything, but I was really kinda bored at parts in this film. Not entirely, I still liked it, and I am not saying I wouldn't ever watch it again, it just wasnt' as good as I had hoped. Maybe that is the problem right there, I had too high expectations for it!!

3) Sherlock Holmes (In theaters now starring Robert Downey, Jr, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams)

I was so excited to see this film, and I was still very pleased when I left the theater. That is saying something, because often times I get so excited about a film, it has no chance of living up to my expectations. I have never been I huge Robert Downey, Jr fan, but I thought he did a great job in this film The chemistry between him (as Sherlock Holmes) and Jude Law (as Dr. John Watkins) was great. (They were perfect as best friends!!) I love Rachel McAdams (plays Irene Adler). It was fun to see her as this style of character, I thought she did a great job with it. Maybe it is the director, I don't know, but I was truly entertained and left wanting more at the end. I would say that is a job well done for a movie, especially in this day of sequels, trilogies, etc. I remeber reading some Sherlock Holmes and watching either movies or tv specials about Sherlock Holmes growing up, and this was a fun new version of his character. I had always thought of him as being more refined, but maybe that was just because of what I had seen him portrayed as before. Although it wasn't like anything I had seen of Sherlock Holmes before, I bought into it and really enjoyed it. I would vote go see it!


Carrie said...

Yay! I am so excited to read reviews of three movies I have never seen! I put two Austen films in the netflix queue for while Corey is out of town, and neither one are these,but I am still excited. We were going to see Sherlock Holmes but I chickened out of spending the money on myself to see it, but now I want to! Corey will be thrilled.
I know what you mean about characters not being beautiful, and understand also feeling bad about saying that. I feel the same way and it seems to happen more in these period film kinds of movies, but then again, they would have been au natural right? due to not as many beauty treatments ha ha!
thanks for sharing! you are now ahead! :)

Andy's Bethy said...

I started to read this post a couple of nights ago, then got distracted and didn't post a comment.
I LOVE Northanger Abbey. I can't pick a favorite, really, but I relate so well to Catherine, and her love of reading. Plus, like you said, this whole book is less complex. It takes less trauma for the happy ending. I haven't seen the movie, but I would probably like it.
Can I borrow it? Please!
I will pass on Persuasion I guess. It isn't my favorite of the books either... so oh well.
Now, Sherlock Holmes. I would love to see that one. I will wait till it is in the dollar theatre, or on Blue Ray though. Glad you liked it.
How was the snow? Did you enjoy it?

Carrie said...

Okay, so I just watched this version of Persuasion because it was available on Netflix instant play. It was a good story, I had never seen it before, but I agree about the beauty of the actors and actresses. She was a very likable heroine, but not beautiful. I did like the clothes in this movie better than the Jane Eyre I watched. It was odd to watch because the girl who was the hypochondriac annoying farmer's daughter looked exactly like someone I used to know..I mean exactly and it cracked me up to watch her.
Anyway, yeah.okay movie, but not passionate enough.