Saturday, September 24, 2011

Movies I watched this week

Airplane! (1980) 8/10
This is still one of the funniest movies ever made, and it has just enough of a heart that you can care about the main characters despite the absurdity of the whole thing. A few of the jokes ("Bob never has two cups of coffee at home") have probably passed on into incomprehensibility for viewers below a certain age, but overall it still holds up really well.

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) 8/10
I think the fact that the "speedy car" in the movie is a Pontiac Trans Am, not a Ferrari or even a Corvette, says a lot about the film. It doesn't use a super car; it doesn't try to be a super movie. It just focuses on the chase, the gags, and the developing relationship between its characters. There's great chemistry between driver Burt Reynolds and runaway bride Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason makes a hilarious villain, and Fred the basset hound demonstrates how to steal scenes by doing nothing. This is just good, unpretentious film making.

Thor (2011) 6/10
This was borderline boring. It's competently made and all, but the story and the characters just aren't very interesting. In great contrast to Airplane! and Smokey and the Bandit, I never got the sense that this is a movie that people made because they wanted to tell a story. It's all just calculated, commercial setup for the coming Avengers movie. I did like Heimdall's costume, though.

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