So Dan and I have a new Easter tradition – one that is NOT as economical nor healthy as I’d like but one that we both enjoy (and really, it’d cost about the same to travel to visit family). This tradition revolves around our favorite form of entertainment: movie going.
Yes, going to the movies is SUPER expensive (and we, again unfortunately, pay the outrageous price for soda and popcorn – it’s a vice I’ll gladly own up to) and we can all complain about the price but really, this what Dan and I enjoy doing and we don’t do a whole lot else for entertainment (alcohol, going out, etc). SO anyway – this is what we did this weekend!
Thursday Night: The Croods
We really enjoyed The Croods. It was funny and heartwarming with a good message. Definitely one that both children and adults would enjoy. Very funny and visually beautiful. I love me some “belt.” And that “baby” was pretty cool too.
Friday Afternoon: Olympus Has Fallen
This was a surprise for us. I really wanted to see it and Dan was a bit indifferent. I think this was probably the BEST movie from the whole weekend. I loved Aaron Eckhart as the President and Gerard Butler was AMAZING. It was so devastatingly patriotic that, I’ll admit, I nearly got a little teary eyed as Washington and the White House was destroyed. My dad would have really enjoyed this movie. It made me just want to enlist in the armed forces and be bad ass – or get to the gym and be bad ass on my own (you know, as I’m stuffing my face with crap). I’m really surprised at the lower ratings for this film – I’d probably go again. It was literally heart pumping the entire way through.
Saturday Afternoon: The Host
This was a movie both Dan and I really wanted see and whenever we’d see a preview we’d say “I want to see that.” (I did not read the book before hand – although I have since purchased it on Audible and am through the first chapter). As we were driving to the theater Dan was looking up reviews (his passion – not mine, I’d rather not know what everyone else thought about the movie before seeing it) and was really put off with the poor ratings on Flixster. When we got to theater (1:15) – we were further devastated to see that we were two of twelve people in the theater. Once the movie started (again, we had no idea what the plot was besides what was given away in the previews), I immediately understood the poor ratings. The “voice” in her head was CRAZY annoying HOWEVER once the plot got going and we met Ian – my heart melted and I fell in LOVE with it (which is why I’m reading it). So I don’t really know how to “mini review” this one. Don’t expect brilliance, do expect a little annoying voice over (but I don’t really know how they could have done this better), and do expect two great male protagonists.
Sunday Afternoon: G.I. Joe Retaliation
This one, again, was a bit of a surprise. After Easter breakfast with Dan’s family and before Easter dinner with my family we were like, “Why ruin a good weekend?” Haha! (Plus, the Easter bunny brought us $200 and we figured we could put it back in our bank account to pay for our expensive tradition). At this point, the only other movie that looked good that we HADN’T seen was G.I Joe. This was probably my least favorite film of the weekend. I had not seen the first one and apparently didn’t need to because I was able to keep up. The action was well done and I was a bit surprised at one point in regards to a certain Joe (read: Channing Tatum) (but the above poster should have hinted at it for me). Anyway – it was a good story with good action and visual (the rock scene ROCKED my socks off – no pun intended). But overall, if we weren’t going for a 4/4 movie weekend I could have done without it. I will say The Rock is friggen AWESOME and I’m really excited for his movie with Mark Wahlberg coming out this spring too!
Happy Easter everyone!