Yes, it's all about "Twilight" this weekend, but what about the other films? What I think of "The Blind Side" and "Planet 51"
There are four big movies in wide release this weekend. We have the Sandra Bullock starrer "The Blind Side," the animated film "Planet 51," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," and of course, the inescapable "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
"THE BLIND SIDE"
Based on the book by Michael Lewis, "The Blind Side" tells the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless, neglected African-American youngster from a broken home.
He's not that good in school, but he shows potential in sports.
Michael gets accepted at the Briarcrest Christian School because of the insistence of the school's football coach.
One cold night, a Christian family sees Michael walking with nowhere to go. That couple is the Touhys -- Leigh Anne played by Sandra Bullock and Sean played by Tim McGraw.
Together with their kids, Lily and SJ, the Touhys decide to begin taking care of Michael's needs. It's just the Christian thing to do.
Soon Michael improves his grades, becomes an all-American offensive left tackle and in the 2009 NFL draft, he gets selected by the Baltimore ravens. The Touhy's were there to share the moment with him.
If this film sounds too good to be true, well it is. But it's a true story and that's what makes this film a miracle.
Set in memphis, the film captures the whole Southern feeling -- the accent...the flavor...the attitude.
Sandra Bullock did a great job as a nice Christian lady and Tim McGraw matches Bullock bit by bit.
"The Blind Side" is funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational although director John Lee Hancock, who previously gave us another sports drama "The Rookie," uses some cliches in his storytelling.
But still, I applaud the film for not taking the easy way out of making fun of Christians or Republicans or right-winger stereotypes. The film shows that whatever your beliefs maybe, when it comes to doing the right thing, we're all equal. I love that about the film!
And for that, "The Blind Side" gets this film ain't blind kisses.
Disney/Pixar has spoiled us. Now, every time there's a new animated film not made by the studio, they're measure against the quality of the Pixar films.
It may be unfair, but it's a good barometer.
This year, there are some films that measured up. "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "9," heck, even "Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs" was good.
I cannot say the same thing for the bland and boring "Planet 51."
It's like "E.T." in reverse. American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker (voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it.
Of course he's not alone. He finds that this planet is inhabited by little green folks who are happily living in a white picket fence world. And they're afraid of one thing -- alien invaders!
Director Jorge Blanco and writer Joe Stillman created a creepy cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy cliches! I see this as a film that wants to be an allegory of our illegal immigrant alien problems, but by using unfunny setups like bodily functions, anal plugs (yeah, "Bruno"), and lame homosexual jokes (yeah, "Bruno" again!), "Planet 51" stops being funny in its first 10 minutes.
The film may have good visuals but that's it. Avoid this joyless movie. Or wait for it on cheap cable, not the on-demand kind.
"Planet 51" gets stay away from this planet kisses
My pick of the week is "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." Read my review right here.
And of course, click here to see my review of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
Have fun at the movies!
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