Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man – A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…

…But you’ll have to wait until November 22nd!

Vince Vaughn, everyone’s favorite funny man, learns he is father of 533 children (and I thought I was having trouble balancing things with my three!) in this funny, heartwarming film. Check out this sneak peek – you’ll be waiting at the door to race out when this Delivery Man finally arrives!

Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man - A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man – A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man - A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man – A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man - A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man – A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man - A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man – A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man - A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…
Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man – A Package You’ll Want to Open Right Away…

Movie Review – John Carter

If there’s one thing Disney knows, it’s how to make a movie with a princess.  The focus this time, is not so much on the princess but on her savior, John Carter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ywY6XLj258&feature=fvst

I admit, I’m not a fan of this genre.  The quick rundown on the plot is this:

Civil war soldier finds himself transported to Mars, hooks up with a race of martians that eventually wants to kill him, and on the road back to Earth, he meets a princess, falls in love, and realizes there may be room for one more on the red planet.

I do not recognize any of the actors in the movie – this may or may not be a good thing.  I did, however, keep looking at the John Carter (actor Taylor Kitsch) and thinking he was Johnny Depp in the days before he met Tim Burton.

This is action packed.  John seems to piss off a lot of people in this film, and he goes from one battle to the next.  He nearly gets eaten by blind white apes (for those that think I’m referencing my husband, shame on you – but funny!), almost killed by a ticked off time traveling Holy man, and narrowly escapes execution by the martian creatures that remind me a little like something I’ve seen in Star Wars.

The movie is entertaining.  But it’s not without it’s problems.  John Carter himself is completely flat.  We learn through flashbacks that he’s lost his wife and daughter, but he buries them with as much emotion as you have flushing a carnival goldfish down the toilet. We know that he was in the civil war, and at some point he wanted out, but there’s no story here that we’re really interested in.  And I don’t really buy him as a civil war soldier.  He doesn’t seem all that impressed by the things he discovers on Mars – like he just saw those same things on TV while watching Stargate or something the week before.  We know he falls in love with the princess, not so much because he expresses it but because he won’t go the hell home, even after he knows he has the power to do so.

The characters all look like characters you’ve seen in other movies.  After you get beyond John Carter resembling Johnny Depp, you think he looks a lot like Hercules in some scenes, Braveheart in others, and maybe even Tarzan in a few.  Princess Dejah, who can’t be called flat because of her rather prominent, ummm, hair is a main character, but I have to say, she’s so uninteresting that I’m surprised I remembered her name without looking her up.  And at the end of the movie, the characters I favored most were the supporting characters of Sola and Tars.

If I was rating the movie on a five star scale, I’d probably give it three.  Do I think it was a complete waste of time and money?  No.  Would I buy the DVD?  No.  It was a nice way to spend an afternoon, but this is definitely not a movie you’ll walk away from blown away.

John Carter – In Theaters March 9

Coming this Friday to a theater near you, John Carter.  No one tells a story about a princess and her knight in shining armor quite like Disney.  This movie looks like it will be no exception.  The difference this time?  This is a story like no other Disney has told before.

 

 

And here’s a bonus!

War Horse – A Movie Review

by Guest Blogger Brighid Skamarakas

So Eilis and I went to go see the press premiere of War Horse on Thursday. I vaguely remembered seeing the trailer and it not looking totally awful (although maybe not interesting enough to warrant the purchase of a full-priced ticket.) But when she asked if I wanted to go I said sure. I have to say I was pretty impressed. The story is cutesy, as to be expected, but there were actually some very powerful and very funny scenes. The movie certainly does a good job of highlighting the multinational impact of the Great War, the humanity of the soldiers on both sides, and the hardships endured by troops and local civilians alike. It was a nice departure from the heavy, depressing movies being churned out a lot lately but not so light and fluffy that you wish you were sitting in one of those depressing movies. There were quite a few familiar faces, including Mr. Weasley from the Harry Potter films. The theatre was full of happy tears and sniffling at the end and several scenes even garnered a few cheers. Based on the trailer alone I probably wouldn’t have forked over the ten bucks but I can now safely say that if you’re looking for something the whole family can appreciate this holiday, War Horse is worth the Visa gift card from grandma. War Horse is in theatres December 25.

Attending TRON Legacy preview tonight

Special Disney excitement tonight for the family – we will be attending the TRON Legacy premier tonight. Our passes just got dropped off at the house. The girls, who don’t know about this will be very excited. Unfortunately for Jim, its the 3D version. But he is a good sport about it, as long as we let him hold the tub of popcorn. Full review later!

I was expecting to do a review of Narnia this week, which Eilis was not excited about. Early dinner to make sure we get good seats and plenty of room for popcorn.