There is not much better than a Redbox Rental. $1.07 is a really cheap date! And Jeff and I are so happy that the wonderful Redbox has finally arrived in Lancaster! Here is a smattering of what we’ve been watching:
Baby Mama was surprisingly entertaining. It is effectively humorous without compromising the importance of the singleness, surrogacy, and motherhood topic. Tina Fey does a good job portraying the struggle of a single woman who longs for motherhood. However, I appreciated the character more in Then She Found Me. We happened to watch it over the same weekend (not intentional) so it was interesting to contrast the two. Helen Hunt’s character has a more raw emotional outlook. While some of the plot is unrealistic (does your birth mother really show up on your doorstep the week your mother dies, your husband leaves you, and you meet the man of your life?), its emotional depth is realistic. What would it be like to face barrenness alone and what emotions would you experience in that situation?
As for English history… the two are obviously set in similar time periods, dealing with the same family. Elizabeth is much more historic and we enjoyed the portrayal of Elizabeth I’s character. The Other Boleyn Girl had a very bitter aftertaste. It is one of those disgustingly intriguing films that leaves you baffled by the complexities of sin nature. I would give it a 4 star rating because of how deeply moving it is, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Incest, rape, and desperation are indeed the sins of man, but it is upsetting to see it on screen.
The messed-up family award goes to Smart People and it does not come with my recommendation. I’m already weary of seeing Ellen Page in the bitter teen role. There is nothing “witty and smart” about it at all. The runner-up is Definitely, Maybe. It is endearing, but also deals with true-to-life issue of how multiple relationships and commitment to none can make a havoc for your children. Autumn Hearts, also in the messed-up family category, is a little more complicated than the other two and less light hearted. However, Susan Sarandon presents a good case for the need to forgive the evils of the past and embrace life in the present, or else both halves to life are essentially destroyed.
21 was excellent. It really digs into the power of greed, twofold. The greed for money, and the greed for control. The Jane Austen Book Club is simply fun and a celebration of the goodness of Jane Austen. I picked up Northanger Abbey recently. I don’t know that the two events are related, but I certainly love Austen in any form. I enjoyed how the movie portrayed the ability of century-old literature to be so applicable to 21st century relationships and life.