Monday, November 29, 2004

They're Incredible!

Lately, I just don't want to turn on the news anymore. I hate getting news from Iraq, and in the last couple of weeks there have been some local sad stories about messed-up families that have left me depressed.

So when I asked a committee of twenty-somethings what movie I should see Thanksgiving weekend, I was glad they suggested something light: they said I should see The Incredibles. Mind you, these are the same sages who thought I'd like Memento (shudder) but usually they read my taste pretty well, and I'll save you the suspense: Incredibles is a big ol' thumbs up. Pixar has done it again.

Take the Jetsons, throw in some Superheroes, a liberated stay-at-home mom (think about it, that's actually a pretty 21st century concept at the movies), some very entertaining machinery, and a bad guy who for sheer petty creepy badness tops most of the over-the-top baddies on screen this year, and shake, don't stir (yes, there's a whiff of James Bond in there too). That's The Incredibles, a frothy broth of pop culture with enough grown-up fun for the grownups, but without a lot of wink-wink-nudge-nudge humor that makes the parent of an eight year old wonder if they really want to answer the question the joke will produce. (You parents out there, you know what I mean.)

If you hate superheroes, cartoons, happy endings, and fun, by all means, give this movie a miss. But otherwise, cheer yourself up this holiday season by trading Christmas at the mall for the Incredibles in the cineplex.


2 Comments:

At 11:54 PM, Blogger engprof said...

Your obvious inability to deal with "Momento" and your adoration of Mary Martin as Peter Pan (especially when the Disney cartoon was far far better---Mary Martin was sooooooooo overrated!--and I am old enough to remember her in "South Pacific"--the musical!) speaks volumes about your lack of knowledge and the absence of intelligence and taste on this blog. Do you know anything at all about movies, other than whether you like one? Do you really think that there is any correlation between what you like and what might be cinematically good? Are you always as pompous as you are in your pseudo-discussion of "Alexander"? Lord, save us from idiots like the two of you. You should know that my film students had quite a laugh over your comments.

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger engprof said...

Sorry about the type on "Memento." If there is a way to edit one's previous comments, I have yet to discover it.

 

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