Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday Movie Madness

When Ben and I started dating our first outing was watching a movie (not a very good movie at that). This tradition continues now that we have been with each other for nearly 10 years. We watch lots of movies. When we were first married and had no cable (or cash) we would go to the Clova Cheap Theater in Langley. We could watch recently released double features for $5 per person. Now that we have a young'n residing in our home we are back to renting. Each Monday I am going to try to review recent flicks that we have viewed. I know that as I am posting my reviews it is technically Tuesday ( 12:00am) but it still seems like Monday since I have not gone to bed yet.

To kick off our feature's inaugural run I am going to share my thoughts on The Duchess and Ghost Town.

The Duchess
The Duchess is a biopic period piece featuring the ever so dramatic Keira Knightely.
The movie chronicles the life of the 18th century aristocrat Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire. In real life, the Duchess was renowned for her flamboyant sense of fashion, her politics, her gambling and her lively personal life. Definitely an interesting person to learn more about.

I find that period movies tend to run at a slower pace, yet the Duchess successfully clicked along never leaving the viewer feeling bored. Keira Knightely did a fantastic job of portraying Georgiana in all her splendor. The costumes were breathtaking- minus Knightely's unsightly caterpillar eyebrows. Maybe obnoxiously thick eyebrows were in fashion during this time in history?
Grade: B

Ghost Town
Ghost Town is a dark comedy that centers around an antisocial dentist, Bertram Pincus(played by the British Office's Ricky Gervais), who dies for 7 minutes and wakes up with the ability to see and speak to ghosts. During the course of the movie Pincus befriends Greg Kinnear's ghost and manages to fall in love with Kinnear's widow.

For dealing with macabre subject matter, Ghost Town proves to be a surprisingly uplifting and pleasant comedy. Ben was not super thrilled to rent this comedy assuming that it would be lame but even he enjoyed it. So if you are looking for a light comedy to watch with your significant other this movie is a winner.
Grade: B+


Daniel and Cerissa said...

We thought Ghost Town was pretty funny too. The first funny, pretty clean comedy in a while. I like your movie review idea, now I will know what to put on our Blockbuster que (or not to put)!