4 Movies and a Weekend

In which I discuss four movies via a Movie Roundup, all spoiler free:

Mr. Rochester and I started the weekend out with Super Troopers, an old favorite full of silly comedy.

On Sunday, we went to see X-Men: The Last Stand with some friends. My gripes are similar to Jenica’s, but overall I thought it was good. I wish that we would have gotten to see more of some of the characters and I ached for others’ plights, but the plot did not leave much room for “how this all makes me feel” development. I think this is the general complaint that I have heard from others. It was still worth the money and apparently many, many other people thought so as well.

I love Jane Austen and have seen, I think, all of the adaptations of her works. Even some of the not so great BBC versions from loooooong ago. The previous statement does not include the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice because we all know that is an achievement in literary transfers to the screen. I am talking more about this. All of this blathering leads to me admitting that I have finally seen the newest version of Pride and Prejudice which came out last year and stars Keira Knightly, Mathew Macfadyen, Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench, and many others. On the whole, I liked it. The important elements were there and, though Colin Firth will be Darcy forever, I enjoyed Mathew Macfadyen as Darcy. This newest version made great pains to emphasize, in the setting, the gentry farmer quality of the Bennett’s life. There was much less emphasis on letter writing and many of the scenes with Wickham and Charlotte were left out. Sir Lucas as well is completely absent. Regardless, it was worth the money to buy it and will sit proudly next to my other Austen based movies.

Mr. R and I also watched the 40 Year Old Virgin, which was a supreme disappointment. I was expecting something hilarious, like Super Troopers or Saving Silverman, but what I saw was a date movie with a little more sexual “jokes” than normal. While the message is good, “It’s not all about the sex you know,” the movie tried to walk a fine line between cute and funny, failing a little at both.

–Jane, now owns a movie she will never watch again