Friday, August 21, 2009

Movie night with friends

We went over to a friend's house to hang out and watch a movie. Their youngest son is growing and super-cute. He, like most babies, stared at me a lot, and I think I finally know why they do that: I have a round face with features that have the same proportions a baby's together with blue blue eyes like a baby's. So I think that I look like another, slightly bigger baby to them.

Anyways, we ended up watching Knowing. It's a Nicolas Cage movie where he gets a piece of paper from a 50-year-old time capsule that turns out to have listed every disaster that occurred over the last fifty years, along with a few more disasters yet to come.

This is a more serious movie, but it's interesting, too. There are disasters that happen and they feel really real, like you're right there. Usually when movies show disasters they're kind of over the top, but here the sounds and sights were real... and so were the silences after and during the events.

I also liked the 1950's scenes - those costumes and hairstyles were perfect. And I liked the story itself; it didn't end exactly like I thought it would - although I knew that the ending was a possibility - and I liked the buildup to the ending. There were also some good, family-is-important messages in the movie and I liked that, too.

On the down side, some of the things that happened didn't always relate to the rest of the movie - like when Cage lectured his class, for example - and it would have been better if each scene had more than one purpose. As well, not everything was completely explained, but I think that's what's supposed to happen. And one other thing: Cage got a bunch of disaster-related pictures on the internet and I don't know how he found them so easily. I've looked for pictures like that (I'm a bit of a disaster junkie, you know) and they're hard to find.

The movie is just about two hours long but it didn't feel long; in fact, some of the scenes felt a little bit rushed. Of course those scenes could have been a movie in and of themselves :)

Overall, I liked this movie. It didn't get great reviews but I think it's well worth watching... maybe even twice.

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