Sunday, May 17, 2009

Movie Reviews: Wolverine and Paul Blart - Mall Cop

Well, a weekend away to celebrate Isaac getting through another semester of seminary meant that we got to see TWO movies in the theater (ok ok, so Paul Blart was at the dollar theater, still, it's a big screen!). The downside of the movie-viewing is that Isaac got to pick the movies, and he likes total guy movies. Well, I love the man and he deserved it, so I put up with it with no complaints.

In any case, these are my thoughts.

Paul Blart - Mall Cop
Dumb comedy. That pretty much says it all. Yes, there are some funny parts, but most of them were in the trailer. It was less of a guy comedy than a family comedy, which means it wasn't very crude (if I remember right). Isaac didn't even enjoy it that much. It's easy, safe watching, but it's really not clever or well-made.
2 out of 5 stars

Wolverine made up for the disappointment of Paul Blart. Isaac loved the crazy action and X-Men lore, and I thought it had a great plot and character development and was very well made. If you haven't seen the X-men series I wouldn't watch this one, because so many little references are meaningless without knowing the broader story. I'm a big fan of Hugh Jackman, and he was great. The beginning of the movie felt pretty rushed, and I wished we could have seen more from the early stages of Wolverine's life. Still, I thought the period that was focused on was super interesting.

However, I have to throw in this caveat. I have never read the X-men comics and I don't think Isaac has either. Everyone that knows the way the original story goes is infuriated by the movie. I can't claim to be able to speak to that at all. In my perspective, this is a good movie. Not great, but good.
4 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. My kids want to see Paul Blart, but I'm hoping I can get out of it!