July 07, 2006

JoKo's Mixed Bag of Movie Reviews: Week of July 3rd:

SUPERMAN RETURNS:



I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! Girls. If you're looking for a hot guy to watch for a couple hours, romance, suspense, and want to see a movie with your guy? This is a movie your guy is going to want to see. I don't care much how it "compares" to the old 1978 Superman. I was two when that movie came out. I care that it represents the year 2006. I care that it entertained me to the point of laughing out loud, jumping, and cheering. I care that they made part of it in 3-D and I had the pleasure of seeing it at the Imax in that format. I care that my husband and I walked out of the theatre and talked non-stop about the movie for the 30 minute drive home from the Imax. I really took to Brandon Routh. Sure, he bears a striking resemblance to Christopher Reeve (as he probably should) but I really liked him. He's indeed hot enough to stare at in spandex for 2.5 hours. I like Kate Bosworth as well. I've seen all her big hits: Blue Crush, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton... hehe. I did have some question as to whether she could pull off Lois Lane and she did. Is she a softer Lois? Yes. She's had her heart broken by Superman, she had his kid, and now he's back in her life. She lost her rough edge. I thought she did a great job. Poor James Marsden (Richard- Lois's fiance). Is he ever going to play a role where he actually GETS the girl (i.e. The Notebook)???? LOVED Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey. I thought they were perfect villians- both cruel with an element of humor blended in. Okay. Need I say more? I loved it and had a great time seeing it, and you will too.

The Devil Wears Prada



Just call me Andrea Sachs, because THIS IS MY LIFE!!! I can't decide whether or not I enjoyed the movie more than the book, so I'll just say for arguments sake that they were both equally appealing. As an executive assistant myself, I can absolutely relate to the types of requests that Andy would get. For example, a string of rambling, all expected to be done in an amount of time that is simply inhuman, done perfectly and without question. My difference? I work for the nicest man on the planet and he would never speak to me in that kind of condescending, hurtful way. That is what makes this movie so incredibly juicy. Meryl Streep was absolutely fantastic. Never breaking out of character. Even in the moment you think that she is going to open up and relate to Andy, she doesn't resorting right back to the rudeness that is Miranda Priestly. Anne Hathaway does an okay job as Andy. She's believable, but a little annoying. I really loved the movie and the story overall. It gave a real, human spin on my own life and my own job. I even toasted along with the cast when they said "Here's to jobs that pay the rent". The one difference between the book and the movie- the ending. I wish they had stuck to the book ending where instead of simply walking away, Andy goes up to Miranda (after she requests getting her daughter's passports re-isssued in less than 24 hours) and says "Go fuck yourself Miranda" and then walks away. I think that would've been a much better ending!!

I can relate to the requests to get someone home and on flights when all seems impossible. I can relate to getting stressed out and nervous when my boss is in town, fearing that I may do something wrong, knowing that his assistant before me did a piss poor job and that I have a lot of expectations to live up to. I think I've done a fine job of proving myself, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't worry that my one screw up will cost me my job. I, too, have this belief that starting on this bottom rung may actually lead me somewhere, someday. However, as in the movie, I have a feeling that my need for a strong family and personal life will win over everything else.

With that said. I will likely not be posting for a week or so. "Joe" and I are off to our vacation (and wedding gift from my new in-laws) for a week up in Two Harbors, MN.


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