Well, its the last day of November and its snowing something fierce here in Ann Arbor. Its quite cozy, actually. I won’t think its cozy when it snows like this in February, March, and April…but for now, I’ll take it. Especially with our Christmas tree up and our glog from IKEA ready to microwave at a moment’s notice. That’s right, glog. That stuff is gud. And by gud, I mean amazing. Better with vodka, but still excellent just on its own, thank you very much.
Lars and I took advantage of the long weekend by going to see two movies. The first movie we saw was Role Models starring Paul Rudd of the famous kiss in Clueless at the top of the staircase fame. Also starring in this movie was Sean William Scott. I can’t remember what movies he was in previously but I rest assured I’ve seen him in more than a couple.
ANYWHO, the second movie we saw was Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig. He is hot. No, really. You don’t believe me? He is! Trust me. If you’ve never trusted me before…trust me now! Okay, okay, here is some evidence.
There you have it. Actually, the photo doesn’t do him justice. He’s good in the Bond movies. Definitely swoonable.
But now let me get to my point. Lars and I both enjoyed Quantum of Solace. It was a perfect Thanksgiving weekend movie when you just want to sit in the darkness and be entertained for two hours. That said, we both thoroughly enjoyed Role Models much more.
This got me to thinking that I have seen quite a few good dramas. I mean, there are some movies you just know you’re going to go into and they’re going to resonate with you because its so easy to strike a chord with human emotions through a shared human experience. There is good story-telling, sure. But involve love, death, relationships, children, work, etc…its just asking for us to give a piece of ourselves to the movie. To relate on that deep level where the movie really makes us reflect upon ourselves and decisions we’ve made, regrets we have, loves we have endured, hearts that have been broken, etc. Not to wax philosophical–but truly the more I realize how many dramas I empathize with, the more I realize its a lot easier categorical area for filmmakers to work in. Comedy, on the other hand, is not.
It has been AGES (ages!) since I’ve seen a delightful comedy where I’ve laughed so hard that I’ve cried…where I’ve so enjoyed the actor’s and their craft of making people laugh that I’ve not checked the time in the theater. Yet, these escapist films rarely get much respect. Role Models certainly won’t win an Academy Award but I wonder why. The comedic timing was spot on. The actors were good if not great. The storyline had a heart at its core and the audience was left thinking that the two main characters weren’t total losers and idiots. I was laughing nearly non-stop. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last movie that made me this joyful.
So there’s my plug for y’all to see this movie. If I had a blockbuster favorites shelf circa 2008 it would certainly be on it. Probably along with a few dramas and some romantic comedies :(. There goes my credibility.