Name: How To Train Your Dragon
Running Time (minutes): 98
Description: Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world.
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
The story is not bad at all, but why am I even talking about the plot when the score was so incredibly amazing? John Powell has surprised me lots of times, but this was just incredible. Fantastic main theme, terrific action music, stunningly beautiful and dazzling orchestration. Even if the movie had been the most terrible thing ever made, I’d still have kept watching. Let’s get that soundtrack.
Name: Eat Pray Love
Running Time (minutes): 133
Description: Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins
Genres: Drama, Romance
Well, I suppose it was all right. Why does Julia Roberts always star in bad or mediocre movies, though?
The biggest problem this film had was pacing. She wants to go to Italy: bam, she’s in Italy. She crowdfunds for a poor lady: bam, the lady gets $18,000, no questions asked, happy happy happy. Also, I didn’t really get her love troubles. Guy number one wants to study so she ditches him, guy number two does something I don’t even know that upsets her, guy number three has a cute Spanish accent, proposes, is rejected and later accepted…? I did like Richard Jenkins — Groceries is a really funny nickname to give someone — and he moved me more than anyone else. But what I want to know is how Roberts finds Americans all over the globe in no time and, the more pressing matter, how she funds her entire trip when she clearly isn’t working.
The score was okay. I liked how it changed every time she travels to another country.
Overall, it’s a mediocre movie and if you just want to empty your mind on a Friday night, it’ll do the job.
Name: Rabbit Hole
Running Time (minutes): 91
Description: Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca’s experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason – the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca’s fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate.
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest
Here’s a question. When a TV guide provides a summary of the film they’re gonna broadcast, what is its purpose? Do they want you to watch the film, or do they want to tell people who can’t watch what it’s all about? This summary literally told me EVERYTHING except for the fact that the father briefly uses drugs and that the mother mocks a child’s toy! So I can’t really say whether it’s good or bad or a mediocre film, only that this was the first Nicole Kidman movie I watched in which she didn’t overact and I don’t like feel-good endings. The score is subtle, but sufficient. The audiodescriber had an extremely pleasant voice.