Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer Loving....

Another glorious summer has come and gone. That means there was a multitude of nerd movies that came out over the last four months or so. I did not see them all, but I have a nerd husband, who saw every single comic book and/or superhero movie Hollywood cranked out this summer, so after I say my piece I decided it would be fun to challenge him with only allowing him one word to describe said movie.

Without further ado, I present: Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger and Conan the Barbarian.

Thor: I actually wanted to see this but didn't get the chance. It had quite a few positives going in, Kenneth Branagh directed it, Anthony Hopkins (or as Gwyneth Paltrow refers to him - Ant-ta-ny) co-stars and Natalie Portman is the love interest. Plus Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, once appeared on Australia's version of Dancing with the Stars. Even better, he was DAMN GOOD!! That Samba deserved at least solid 8's. Okay, back to the movie, well, honestly I didn't see it so I am just going to ask my husband to describe it to me in one word (CHALLENGE!!)...."Cosmic."

Green Lantern: There was a lot of hype behind this one starring Ryan Reynolds and (gulp) Blake Lively. I have no beef with Ryan Reynolds, in fact, I will defend Van Wilder until my face turns blue, but I could not get behind this movie. The CGI superhero costume for starters looked ridiculous. I mean, it looked like a photoshop project gone bad. There was Ryan's head bobbling on a green CGI body/suit. Then you had Miss Gossip Girl herself, Blake Lively, as a pilot and aeronautics exec? COME ON PEOPLE! Must I refer you to what Blake is good at (go back like three blogs ago and check out her amazing boobs). Again, didn't see this so no real opinion from me, but my husband describes it in one word as: "Garbage...No....(long pause)...Uninspired. That is how I would describe it."

X-Men: First Class: I saw this one and I liked it! Well liking something versus thinking it was super fun is debatable. I did have a lot of wine going into this and I also do love James McAvoy (we share a birthday, swoon) and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss!), so to say I am a bit biased was an understatement. Then to throw in the flavor-flave of Kevin Bacon...I mean, how am I to hate this flick? It was fun, the costumes were perfectly 60's, it was fast paced and the story kept my interest which are all selling points in my opinion. Husband's one word description: "Unexpected."

Side note, my husband is so not into playing the "give me one word game" at 10:51 pm.

Captain America: The First Avenger: I saw this one too! Go me! As I have stated before Chris Evans doesn't really do it for me, but I did feel he was a legit Captain America. He really did look and behave like the all American 1940's boy next door. My problem with this movie was it's pace, I felt it was fairly slow, plus I felt it had a hell of a lot of cheese. I get that it is set in the 40's so "golly," "gee," "swell" etc., are all words that get thrown around, but it was a tad too sweet for me. I did like the female lead in the movie, Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. She is beautiful. Anyway, husband's one word description is...."(ignoring me...)....(bitching about having to describe it in one word....)....Classic."

Conan the Barbarian: Yeah, no way in hell I was going to see this pile. Have you seen the trailer? BWAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. First off, I will say the man playing Conan, Jason Momoa, is gorgeous. That is a fact. Besides that though, this movie, I just don't get why it needs to be remade? Also, in my mind I feel Conan talks like Yoda, if Yoda were a WWF wrestler in the 1980s. For example, "ICE CREAM, I NEED. FEED WITH SPOON ME." I don't even think this movie deserves anymore of my time, so husband please take it away with one word: "Sophmoric."

Needless to say, I cannot wait for Fall movies!

*Extra: Both my husband and I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes and throughly enjoyed it (shout out to Draco Malfoy). Although I do normally steer clear of all movies involving animals as they always remind me of my pugs. For example, baby ape Caeser, in my head, was totally the splitting image of Mabel Baum (my black pug). Needless to say, I squealed in the theater and my husband had to remind me it was an ape and not our pug. His one word: "Respectful."