So last night C’Anna and I made a little Mexican dinner. She made tacos and I made tortilla soup. The tortilla soup came from Adam because he made it the night before and after dropping some of it, I ended up eating the entire vat of it. It’s sooooooo good!
After dinner we decided to catch a movie that both of us have been anticipating for a while. She was more interested in seeing it; I was more interested in hearing how it was. But alas, we decided to just go see it together.
I went in to the movie knowing almost nothing about it. I didn’t know if it was a comedy, a biopic, propaganda, or a cartoon. I was literally blinded. However, I’ve noticed that I like going in to movies not knowing much about them.
This movie was definitely very interesting. Though it was unintentionally funny, the lines that forced an audience reaction to laugh got old after the first 30 minutes. Further, sitting behind a guy that would laugh and clap his hands wildly while the rest of the audience sat in silence cast a pretentious fart cloud over the back right part of the theatre.
I thought Josh Brolin as George W. Bush was really great, but I’m not sure he was some sort of Oscar winner in it. I think people are so quick to jump to the Oscar nod when someone is half way decent at their job as an actor. It wasn’t edgy, it wasn’t fascinating, and in fact, the character was silent, drinking Jack Daniels for a good 3/4 of the movie time anyway. The characterizations were spot on: not too much, not too little. However, the use of Karl Rove as the comic relief got a bit annoying. Especially because it was based on his looks. There would be a serious moment in the film, and it would cut to Karl Rove standing there with a huge forehead and his glasses overtly magnifying his eyes. The audience would laugh, and the camera would pan away. I’d say the characterization of the Bush administration was one of this movie’s main strengths.
The movie had a decent pace until the end. The last 45 minutes of the movie are very slow and mundane. I mentioned this to C’Anna on the ride home and her response was, “Maybe this is symbolic to his presidency?” I think that could be true, but I doubt that kind of device was being used. I often found myself dozing off or checking my phone to see if I would make it home to catch the end of Letterman.
Overall, I didn’t really enjoy sitting in the theatre. I was thinking later that I wasn’t quite sure what the director wanted the audience to experience. By the time the credits rolled up I was wondering what the point of the movie was, and what I was supposed to take away from it. It was rather bizzare.
I give 6.5/10 stars.