My assignment was to pick five movies I am most excited about seeing this fall season and one guilty pleasure I'd like to see but wouldn't readily admit. However, in today's movie climate I felt more like listing a single movie I actually want to see (Where the Wild Things Are) and then ten guilty pleasures. With craptastic movies like I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Saw VI coming out this fall, I thought it was possible Disney's re-release of Toy Story in 3D could crack my top five but I was pleasantly surprised to find this fall season actually has a lot of potential. Keep in mind I'm not coming out and saying these movies are going to be good, I'm just hoping for the best.
Unlike Couples Retreat, this looks like a film that didn't give away all of its jokes in the trailer. Also, unlike every comedy made in the past five years, it doesn't have anyone from Judd Apatow's gang of hooligans in it. Oh wait, it does - because they don't make comedies anymore unless Jonah Hill/Seth Rogen/Paul Rudd are in them. Whatever, I still think its a clever premise.
The only major problem I see with A Serious Man is that the film itself may not be able to live up to the masterful pulse-pounding, head-banging trailer that has preceded it. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, do yourself a favor. It is a work of art in and of itself. I'm sure the film will be filled with the typical Cohen brother mischief, but I bet, when its all said and done, the real stand-out of this show is the trailer.
You can argue all you want about why this movie shouldn't have been made and how similar the trailer makes it look to the original, but the bottom line is that writer/director Troy Duffy has done absolutely nothing since the last Boondock Saints but sit around and think about the sequel. Seriously, check his imdb page--nada. Is that a good thing? I don't know, but he's got the entire original cast back, so I feel like we oughta at least give it a chance.
I don't even know what this movie is about--I think it's about pirates? All joking about my love for pirates aside, this flick bills itself as a feel-good romp about a true story that will have you chuckling all the way through and tug at your heartstrings in the end. I'm a big fan of comedies based around real life stories as long as they keep it light-hearted and do the historical event justice (cough, Taking Woodstock, cough).
Nearly everyone who talks to me about this movie says pretty much the same thing: I want to get really fucked up on booze/drugs and go watch this movie. This could lead to Avatar doing really well at the box office despite half of the viewers not knowing or remembering what the movie was actually about but still thinking it was "totally awesome." And you know what? I'm okay with that.
This movie is the very definition of guilty pleasure. I have no expectation of it being good at all. In fact, I plan on laughing inappropriately at several dramatic segments throughout this movie and enjoying it more because of that. But riddle me this, who doesn't want to see an aircraft carrier crash into the White House via a tidal wave? I believe my good friend Greg MacLennan will agree with me when I say a post-apocalyptic world is a world I'd like living in.