The World's End -
This was a fun movie. It had lots of laughs, bizarre set pieces, and some good performances. So why did I not enjoy it as much as past Wright/Pegg/Frost films? Maybe because this type of story feels slightly played out after Shaun and Hot Fuzz? Or was it simply because Pegg plays a totally obnoxious character that I couldn't relate to in any way?
Even the setup just doesn't work for me. To knock back a beer in 12 different pubs in one night. To do the "Golden Mile". I like beer(ale,cider,lager) well enough, but I can only drink exactly ONE in any given night. That's it. And I'll drink that one beer over the course of an hour. So what they are attempting here just boggles my mind.
The expected twist comes later than I feel it should have. The movie is oddly long, or at least feels like it. It might be due to the process of traveling from pub to pub.
What surprised me was all the extended action scenes. Based on the premise(which I'm not sure everyone knows about, so I'm trying to be vague) I expected some confrontation, but not such elaborately choreographed scenes. They could have cut them all in half, and we wouldn't have lost anything from the story.
I know it sounds like I'm doing nothing but pointing out the negatives, but that's only because of how much I love almost everything Simon Pegg has done. The guy's a geek rockstar. I was expecting just a little bit more out of this. Maybe my expectations were too high.
Negatives aside, I still enjoyed it. It's just not an instant classic like Shaun of the Dead.
Prozac Nation -
This movie made me very much dislike Christina Ricci. Or her character, at least. And I KNOW that was the point, but MAN, she makes the whole thing almost unwatchable.
The movie really doesn't have much of a story besides us following along as Lizzie flips out over stupid little things, and tells people that HER problems and HER life is like nothing anyone else has ever experienced. Riiiiiiight.
Supposedly, this is based on a true story. I feel for this woman's friends and family.
The Haunting in Connecticut -
Totally cliche haunted house movie. Except it has a boy(teenager) with cancer who is seeing things in the new house they moved into. We are supposed to wonder if it's real or the drugs he's on.
The movie expects us to buy into far too many implausible things. Especially considering it's "based on a true story". I hate seeing that tag line on any movie, but especially so on a horror movie. Ghosts don't exist. Hauntings aren't possible. It's all in their freaking heads! And yet I enjoyed The Conjuring, but not this movie. The difference is how the characters are portrayed. Well written characters can make me "believe" at least in the world of the movie. This movie simply didn't do that.