We helped the movie industry this weekend, as we saw three flicks that all featured a favorite of mine. Our AMC Stubs card really got a workout!
First up was “Larry Crowne,” which the Mister and I saw on a rare double date with our friends Daphne and Eddie Wayne. First-fave Tom Hanks stars as a Navy veteran who gets canned for not having a college education. He downsizes his possessions but gains insight into himself thanks to some younger college students, most notably Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Dell Gordo (Wilmer Valderrama).
Oh, and for some reason he falls for one of his teachers, played by former-fave Julia Roberts. Julia, Julia, Julia! Please stop appearing in movies that I want to like! Just as with “Eat, Pray, Love,” Julia seems to phone in her lackluster part. Once again, she’s grumpy through most of it, which is such an unattractive look for her.
If you do see “Larry Crowne,” go for the performances of Mbatha-Raw and Valderrama. They add a needed boost to the movie.
Rating: Two stars (out of five)
Next up for my family was the “Green Lantern.” This was a no-brainer for me, because I love the Justice League (Flash is my animated husband), and Ryan Reynolds is great eye candy. In fact, I can hardly remember who else was in the movie!
“Green Lantern” isn’t great, but it’s a nice summer diversion. As with most Marvel films, be sure to stay through the credits for a bonus scene.
Rating: Two and a half stars
Closing out our keep-AMC Theaters-in-business holiday weekend was “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the third installment of the Transformers saga. I’m not a fan of all the violence that has been the hallmark of the series; quite honestly, I go just to see Bumblebee, my favorite autobot. Sadly, the yellow fellow didn’t have a big-enough role in this latest summer blockbuster, which is waaaay too long at two and a half hours.
I could tell from Shia LaBeouf’s performance that he’s tiring of playing Sam Witwicky; his heart didn’t seem to be in it. Maybe it’s because Megan Fox (NOT a favorite of mine, by the way) was replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a gorgeous gal who, like Fox, also can’t act. But she can run through missles and fiery debris wearing high heels! I can’t even walk in heels!!
“Transformers 3” is best seen on the big screen due to its special effects . . . and that’s about it. The kids, of course, will love it, as my sons did.
Rating: Two stars