July 12, 2007

Summer Movie Madness!!!

OK this is scary- I had put up the blog title pic of the week earlier this morning, in introduction to this meta post to come. This afternoon, my husband pointed out that msn.com has the SAME (YES! SAME!) combo of Harry/Transformers/Ratatouille pix. That is WEIRD! But maybe its not completely uncanny- after all, all 3 movies have hit the screen in the past 2 weeks, and are doing extremely well at the moment. Its just scary (not entirely convinced its complimentary) that I am thinking like the MSN creative directors.

Exclamations and bewilderment aside, I am enclosing reviews of all 3 summer blockbusters, which I have watched over the last 10 days, in this meta post; so lets begin.

Title: Ratatouille

Divine, beautiful, fantastic and more. I completely identify with Remy, the rat with a penchant for cooking. he does not give up (another trait of mine), and keeps at it until either the task is achieved or aborted! Remy rises from the trash heap to one of the finest restaurants in Paris, in the process winning his friend Linguini his inheritance and (of course) a girl. If you love food (and you must!), you cannot miss this movie.
Quibble: None at all.
Not to miss: Remy and his masterly maneuvering of Linguini in the kitchen!


Title: Transformers

Not so bad-it could be way better. Too much time is spent in resolving the romance of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his girl, and I do not take kindly to teenage romance movies at all. For me, and any other Transformer fan, the fun begins when the Autobots and Decepticons enter the screen, and ends when they leave. Loved the fights between Megatron (leader of the Decepticons) and the Optimus Prime (leader of the Autobots, if you have been living under a rock and are therefore sadly unaware).
Quibble: The boring, stretched-out Sam Witwicky romance.
Not to miss: Bumblebee!


Title: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

Its great if regarded as a stand alone movie, separate from the book. If you love the book (as I do), you will miss Quidditch and the details that are missing. For those who insist the director cannot cover as many details as the book, I suggest we recall what a great job Peter Jackson did with Lord of The Rings. However, lets regard the movie in itself- it is thoroughly entertaining, but leaving the theatre you do feel that it was but a stepping stone between the last and the next installment. Everyone does a satisfactory job, especially Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) and Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), the newest entrants.
Too little of Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint)- we demand more!
Not to miss:
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) teaching the other students "practical" Defence Against the Dark Arts!

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