I saw two movies at the theater… and let me give you the DL on both of them.
While not what I expected, a solid film. This one will bring you back to the times when movies like “E.T.” and “Stand By Me” were popular.
The plot? After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.
The kids in the film are great. Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning’s little sister) is a standout and Joel Courtney (who plays the movie’s lead, Joe Lamb) has just been cast as Tom Sawyer in the new remake they’re doing. Another standout kid is Charles played by Riley Griffiths who I imagine is what J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg actually grew up like… shouting orders for more “production value” and getting his friends to wear zombie makeup.
The movie reeks of Spielberg, with kids racing around on bikes, daddy issues, etc. However, I wish (like in “Cloverfield” Abrams would have waited ‘til the end even more to show the creature…
Wait til the credits role for a little bonus fun.
All in all, I give it a B+. Nostalgic and fun.
This was a LOT funnier than I thought. If you go into it thinking it’s over the top and filthy, then you’ll like it. If you go in expecting a traditional rom/com with a good heart, you are going to be sadly mistaken.
Cameron Diaz’s character is the not one of the best human beings. She’s lazy, rude, disrespectful, manipulative, selfish… the whole package. Her goal? To win the teacher competition at her school to get the money she needs for a boob job so she can nab a rich husband.
Jason Segal is spot on perfection.
There are a few major flaws, like when Diaz’s character comes in at the beginning of the film, the class grows silent and waits for her to speak. This, according the Hubs, does not happen in real life. HAHA.
I give it a solid B. I’ll watch it again, but probably won’t go out of my way to buy it.