movies: Mama and Magic Mike

Hi! I hear tell we’re in for some crazy weather, 100mph winds and storms and such. I will be hanging out in the basement this evening. But before we batten down the hatches, I have movies!


mama

Mama

Description from imdb: “Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?”

Wow this movie is creepy. It has kick ass special effects and an especially hideous ghost. Not only that, the story is good. Anyone can make a slasher flick. True horror movie making skill is in the plot.

This movie also did a very good job with characters. Everyone is unique. Even the two little girls, the sisters raised by mama, have distinct personalities. And mama herself isn’t just an enraged poltergeist.

Mama gets an A.

 

mike

 

Magic Mike

Description from imdb: “A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.”

Hmmmm….where to start. I’m not really into guys stripping because I think it’s kind of weird and unnatural. So, some of that level of appeal with this movie is lost on me. The eye candy was still pretty good, regardless.

Mike is played by Channing Tatum and holy crap can that guy dance. He’s like a dancing genius. He’s funny and cute and charming pretty much throughout the movie. He’s also tragic in some ways because of the stripper lifestyle, the people he has to interact with and the fact that despite the fact he’s working his ass off, he can’t quite get to where he needs to be. He makes the movie worth watching.

The same cannot be said for the primary female character, Brooke (cody horne). While she does have some decent dialog, the girl never smiles. She is the grumpy cat of people. It got kind of annoying, like emotional monotone.

Another, more significant complaint is that the movie just abruptly ends. There’s no solid conclusion, like the writers got bored, tossed the script aside and skipped on their merry way.

Magic Mike gets a C.

 

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