A Nice Quiet Weekend

I finally had a weekend to spend with the family, or more specifically a chance to recharge my batteries.  I spent Friday on the couch, in between bouts of sleep, finishing up Ni No Kuni and watching a few flicks.  With a 5 month old in the house, going out to the movies isn’t really in the cards so much, so the wife and I try to catch something on Netflix or a rental once a week.  With every rental store within 40 clicks closed, that second option is a bit harder to take.   So here’s a quick rundown of the relaxing weekend.

The Avengers: I like the Marvel universe; it’s full of tropes and exaggerations of character faults.  I like Joss Whedon’s ability to create realistic dialogue.  If this was the first time I was meeting these characters, then the pacing of the movie made sense.  Each has had their own movie before so it seemed like rather long exposure to get to the meat. At least the first half had Coulson and the second half had Hulk.  That part was really well done and I’m looking forward to seeing Mark Ruffalo try his hand at Banner again.

Prometheus: Alien/Aliens are amazing movies that had helped define the sci-fi horror/suspense genre.  Prometheus was co-written by Lindelof, of Lost fame, so you kind of know where the movie is going to end – with question marks.  The movie ended a little too quickly for me and could have used more exposure in the half-way mark of the story.  You can see that the ending is trying to tie into the first Alien movie (scene for scene) but then you remember this is a different planet.  Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are the real reasons to watch it.  Just be prepared to leave logic at the door.

Brave: I wanted to see this at the cinema but never had the chance.  Pixar doesn’t make bad movies and this one is no different (it won an Oscar after all).  Brave takes the Disney princess trope and turns it upside down.  Merida is a strong willed girl being groomed to being a queen.  I am a massive sucker for Scottish lore and this one has quite a few bits in it, so I went along for the ride.  Good mix of comedy and heartstrings but perhaps a little too dark for the wide public, Brave is a movie I’m going to go out and buy on BluRay soon.  There is too much artistic quality here to leave to DVD and the story is something I want my girls to see time and time again.

Skyfall: A return to basics for this 50 year old franchise makes for some rather poignant scenes.  For some reason, I pay way too much attention to the scenery in a film and give massive praise to the directors of photography when well executed.  The entire movie is filmed in yellow or blue, with the odd spot of white.  Bond has some odd lines, but the film’s villain is the real joy.  Instead of trying to kill Bond, he tries to convert him to his cause.  Maybe a bit off the deep end, he’s methodical, intelligent and resourceful.  It’s sort of like the Mirror-universe in Star Trek, an anti-Bond.  One of the best films I’ve seen in quite some time.

That’s a lot of movies for one weekend but I really wanted to put the brakes on big plans and just sit back and enjoy the company.

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