Parked at Two Different Movies

It looks like Owen Wilson . . . but it’s really Woody Allen.

It’s summer movie time! There are so many good flicks out now with the promise of more to come. Which means that sometimes we hit our local AMC Theater Saturday and Sunday, as we did last weekend.

First, the Mister and I saw “Midnight in Paris,” which we really enjoyed. Normally, we don’t like to see movies that force us to think, seeing as how we park our brains along with the car (although it can be argued that our gray matter finds itself in “park” much more than in “drive” these days). But “MIP” was charming and fun . . . and so very Woody Allen.

Sidebar: We went to the 11:40 a.m. show Saturday, which apparently was targeted towards the senior set. I don’t think anyone was under 50 there. And the movie was very loud. No need for any of us oldies to turn up our hearing aids! Thank you, AMC.

Zelda (Alison Pill) and F. Scott (Tom Hiddleston) Fitzgerald add to the fun.

Owen Wilson plays Gil, an engaged screenwriter who, of course, yearns to be a novelist (I play a mom who yearns to be a novelist). He and his fiancée, well-acted by Rachel McAdams, visit Paris with her parents. Gil takes a walk one night and, at midnight, time travels back to the 1920s, which he believes is the golden era.

It was great fun seeing so many creative people from the ’20s, like Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and Salvador Dali. Would Gil be better off staying behind to work on his novel? Was the grass greener in the 1920s for writers, artists, and composers? It’s an interesting premise, which makes for a fascinating film.

“X” marks the spot

Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) can read minds, handy when fighting bad guys.

We returned to AMC yesterday with my older son and my “third son,” Chase, to see “X-Men: First Class,” which was a fitting title. Although a bit long (two hours and 11 minutes), it really was a first-class, sci-fi film.

“First Class” shows how the X-Men began and learned to control their super powers smack-dab in the middle of the Cold War (it almost made me want to hide under a desk; ah, memories of elementary school!), led by head-mutant Charles Xavier. There’s plenty of action (mostly tons of violence) and a compelling plot.

Kevin Bacon shows off his German language skills as Dr. Schmidt.

The only negative for me was that Kevin Bacon plays a villain. I like when he’s a good guy, especially when he’s kind of goofy. But, of course, he did a great job and was very believable as a German.

I’m sure that most moviegoers will be savvy enough to realize that “X-Men: First Class” is a prequel to the “X-Men” trilogy—unlike a certain blog writer, who’s never seen the original flicks and was clueless until the end.

Guess my brain was in “park.”

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