The livin’ is easy

The hot weather has FINALLY arrived, and with it an entire slew of Summer movies! To escape the heat I headed off to the theater twice this weekend…

The Hangover II: There isn’t much I can say about this one other than not funny. I didn’t have high expectations, but it still sank below them. The storyline is essentially the same, only this time the guys head off to Bangkok instead. Frequently, it crosses the line from funny into sad or just kind of frightening. Even though each of the main guys is very good at playing the character they have inhabited, the overall story doesn’t really work at all, and it’s simply not well written. Definitely not on my list of things to re-watch.

Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen has reached a point in his career where making a movie that was as good as his greats is probably impossible, but this film actually might come pretty close. A very light-hearted film starring Owen Wilson about a couple who goes to Paris on vacation. Wilson, a man who is stuck in the past, finds himself every night at midnight in 1920s Paris, surrounded by such literary and artistic geniuses as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso and many others. The movie explores the ideas of a “golden age” and wanting to live in another time period. Wilson plays the role that Allen would have played himself twenty or so years ago, and does it actually very well. The historical figures are done very well, and are portrayed as characitures of themselves (Hemingway being one of the best). The movie itself is quite beautiful, exploring Paris in all different lights, and makes you really want to live in Paris in any decade. The movie as hosts a great cast, including Rachel McAdams as Wilson’s stuck up wife, Michael Sheen as a pretentious intellectual, a cameo by Carla Bruni, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Adrien Brody as a crazy and eccentric Dali, as well as quite a few others. The movie is light-hearted, and comedic, and leaves you wishing of 1920s Paris and all of the beauty it held. A perfect getaway from the humidity.

Any other movies that you plan on seeing this Summer?

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