SEEKING a BRAVE Friend for ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Movie reviews by Lauren
There was a period of time where I didn't get to the movies much. I love films, though, and being a cinema studies minor means that I often have to watch a lot of older ones. However, since being on summer break, I've actually made it out to the theater a lot. So here are three mini reviews of the latest movies I've seen...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
IMDB Summary: As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
Review: I saw this movie at midnight last Thursday with my sister and I really enjoyed it! Based on the previews, I thought it would be more of a comedy, but it's really not. Yes, there are humorous moments and I did appreciate those...and Keira Knightley's character, Penny, was a breath of fresh air amidst the imminent end of life. Steve Carrell's character, Dodge, made me think of his character in Crazy, Stupid, Love, when he's depressed at his wife leaving him, because his wife leaves him in this one too. But Penny and Dodge do grow and change and fall in and out of love throughout this film. It's a quiet sort of movie. Not a ton of action, but it makes you think and feel. My eyes were definitely tearing up at the end.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
IMDB Summary: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Review: I saw this movie on Sunday with a friend and my sister. This movie was awesome. It's definitely a historical piece in many ways; the costumes, the setting, the time period. This could possibly throw some people off, but despite it being a historical movie in many ways, it's obviously filled with the ugly, horrifying vampires that terrorize the U.S. These vampires are not attractive. They want to leave the dark they live in, but that doesn't mean they care about people. They brutally kill and there is lots of blood (forewarning for those that hate blood).
Benjamin Walker was amazing as Abe Lincoln. I think he really pulled it off and he was a perfect blend of the Lincoln history we know and the secret side of him that Seth Grahame-Smith created (author and screenwriter). I also loved seeing Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess (Abe's hunter mentor) and Jimmi Simpson as Joshua Speed (Abe's boss, and then goes on to work for Abe in the White House). Cooper is known for playing Skye in the movie version of Mamma Mia!, while Simpson is someone I love from the few episodes of Psych he was on!
IMDB Summary: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Review: I went and saw this movie yesterday with my mom. It wasn't something that I was particularly interested in seeing, to be honest, but I am glad I went! Merida is definitely a feisty young lady. She may be brave, but that doesn't mean she doesn't need or ultimately accept the help of others. Her archery skills are spot-on and would put Katniss to shame. Princesses don't use weapons, according to her mom. And Merida seems to think she doesn't need her mom in her life. They both have many misconceptions about the other person, but obviously, they learn to see things in a new light when a spell Merida gets from a witch changes her mom into something she never wanted. This is definitely a mother/daughter type of film, so it was great that I got to go with my mom...who also enjoyed it, and we both agree that the music was wonderful!
I went into the film not knowing who voiced the characters, minus Merida, so it was fun to learn that I actually knew many of them-
The Witch is Julie Walters...or Mrs. Weasley in the Harry Potter films
Lord Dingwall is Robbie Coltrane...or Hagrid in the Harry Potter films
Lord Macintosh is Craig Ferguson...or the Late Late Show host
Elinor is Emma Thompson...or Professor Trelawny in the Harry Potter films
With all these HP actors, I should probably mention that Kelly MacDonald (Merida) was actually Helena Ravenclaw in the last Harry Potter film!