We got to see 3 screenings this week. I will start with the worse first. 'Paul Blart Mall Cop' is a total waste of time/money IMO. I guess teenagers that like fat jokes may get a chuckle or two, but almost everyone else is in for a tough time. Kevin James is a fat slob mall cop, having to take on punk kids who shoplift on skateboards. Wow, there is an exciting set-up. Pass on 'Mall Cop'.
Next up was 'Defiance'. I was excited to see this one. I like period movies that take you to a time & place that you will never see. I also like war movies, esp. when a whole bunch of Nazis get the chop. 'Defiance' seems perfect. A true story of Jews rising up in the woods of Belarus, fighting the Nazis. Unfortunately, too much time is spent IMO reminding us the woods in Belarus are cold and there is not a lot to eat. I know you have to spend some time with the charactors so we care what happens to them, but too much time was spent on the problems of hoards of Jews hiding in the woods. Too much bickering between the brothers and not enough time killing those dastard Nazis IMO. I still think you should see it, but I expected a blockbuster and got a mediocre movie, too bad.
Last up was 'Revolutionary Road'. Both Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet are bound to be nominated for an Academy Award. For that reason alone, many will see this movie. The problem is that the story is such a downer. Marital problems in the 1950s? As the story unfolds, it reminded me of 'American Beauty'. No wonder, same director, Sam Mendes. Both are very similar. Great acting, depressing stories, haunting musical score. It is very uncomfortable to watch this couple disintegrate as they cope with the challenges of marriage, children, boring jobs. I go to movies for escapism, as do most of us. I want to see either historical drama, think 'Gandhi', Chariots of Fire', 'Bridge Over The River Kwai, 'Saving Private Ryan', 'The Queen' or a good time: 'Indiana Jones', 'Star Wars', 'You've Got Mail'. I want entertainment, escapism from what is going on in our 'real life'. I don't want to see marital problems that leave me depressed when I leave the theatre. 'Revolutionary Road' is very well done, just a total downer. If you liked 'American Beauty' and came out whistling a happy tune, you will love this one.