In a week Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) and his fiancée Meredith (Julianne Hough) will finally tie the knot. Meredith may be a bit controlling, but wedding planning is serious business and Jason isn’t much help. Once an aspiring photographer, Jason is now an uptight lawyer at his father’s (Dermot Mulroney) practice. Jason’s life (according to his father) is finally taking shape until his grandmother dies. The film starts after the funeral where life goes on for Jason, as he and Meredith are finalizing their wedding plans. Jason’s grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) is in mourning wants to go to a special vacation spot where he and his wife went over the last 40 years. What seems like a chance for Jason to bond with his grandfather, Dick has other ideas. Allegedly, Grandma’s dying wish, was for Dick to go out and find love again. As a horny septuagenarian, Dick will settle for lust and worry about love later. For Jason, surviving the weekend with his horny grandpa in tow won’t be as easy as it seems.
Another Nicholas Sparks book has been adapted for the big screen in Safe Haven. The 8th film adaption continues to use the formula of cheaply producing films that tugs the heart strings of women, old and young alike. Lasse Hallström is back behind the camera, with an effort equaling his 2010 film Dear John. My biggest concern with Safe Haven isn’t with the movie itself. Maybe I lack the understanding of why Nicholas Sparks is so popular. Dear John, stumbled to an $80 million take at the box office. That’s second to The Notebook in 2004 by about a million dollars. With another young attractive cast that features the particularly spunky Julianne Hough and the dough-eyed Josh Duhamel; Safe Haven lazily lays the bait for women of all ages. The beach is set, the sand is warm and our main characters are ready to cry. Sorry guys, this Valentine’s Day you’ll just have to take one for the team. Continue reading “Movie Review – Safe Haven”
I must confess my approach to this review of Rock of Ages with a quote:
“I’m old and I’m not happy. Everything today is improved and I don’t like it. I hate it! In my day, we didn’t have hair dryers. If you wanted to blow dry your hair, you stood outside during a hurricane. Your hair was dry, but you had a sharp piece of wood driven clear through your skull! And that’s the way it was, and you liked it! You loved it! Whoopee, I’m a human head-kabob!”
— Dana Carvey as Grumpy Old Man, “Saturday Night Live”
You see, this is the way I feel about Rock of Ages. Having grown up in the era from which the songs from this film (and the Broadway musical upon which this film was based) were culled, I realized early on that this movie wasn’t geared toward me; this movie was more for the “American Idol” and “Glee” fans, neither of which I am. What Rock of Ages manages to do is take the “rock” out of every song and replace it with the Auto-Tuned, toneless vocal bravura that seems to dominate current pop music and television shows. The story found amid the songs is no great shakes, either – if you’ve seen 2000’s Coyote Ugly, 2001’s Rock Star, 2007’s Music and Lyrics, and 2010’s Burlesque, you’ll catch yourself wondering if you’ve seen this movie before. But where the latter three at least propelled their stories forward with original music, Rock of Ages relies on everything from the 1980s: the hair, the glam, and the music, whether rock or not. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Rock of Ages”
I’m a huge fan of the original 1984 Footloose â€“ I’ve memorized dialogue, bought the soundtrack in three different formats (and converted the CD to a fourth format), owned the LaserDisc, VHS, and two different versions of the DVD. When I catch this movie on HBO, I always take a cell phone shot and send it to my sisters, who so fervently love this movie as well. Given Hollywood’s penchant for remakes, why am I not surprised that Footloose has been remade? This is a goldmine in which everyone should have invested, because:
1) You’ll get the money from the adults (who were kids when the original came out) who might have a morbid curiosity as to how today’s filmmakers would treat such a hallowed property.
2) You’ll get money from them bringing their kids.
3) You’ll get money from everyone who’s responsible for the proliferation of the highly-rated musical television shows and films that have popped up right alongside the current deluge of remakes.