3 Days to Kill (2014) – An odd mix of sentimental family drama and shoot-’em-up action. I’m not quite sure what to make of this film. I had a fun time watching it at the theater (with my dad, who loved it, and my sister, who was consistently delivering A+ snarky commentary). Kevin Costner riding a bike through Paris, scarf blowing in the wind, while indie music plays… that’s a hilarious image that will forever to be burned into my brain.
Endless Love (2014) – I have no shame so I’m going to go ahead and admit that I had a great time watching this film. It’s very different from the 1981 version — in some ways less corny, in some ways even more so. There are plenty of laughs to be had (usually unintentional, but sometimes from the comic relief of Dayo Okeniyi as David’s friend Mace). Clearly this isn’t a stellar work of genius, but it’s a fun popcorn flick. Nicholas Sparks-ish romantic drama for the teen set.
Need for Speed (2014) – I enjoyed this movie SO much more than I expected to. I felt obligated to see it because it was partially filmed in my city. (My dad actually helped block off the river for some of the scenes involving the television news helicopter. When the film comes out on DVD we’re going to play the scenes in slow-mo to see if we can spot his boat!) I thought Need for Speed would be all car-flips and no substance, especially after reading that it was based on a video game, but there’s actually a decent revenge story behind all of the action. The actors do well with the material. I’ve never watched Breaking Bad so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Aaron Paul as the lead, but he made me care about his character. Good chemistry with Imogen Poots, too. This is a solid action flick.
Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (2014) – Blah, what a dull mess of a film. My expectations were bottom-of-the-barrel low going in and it still couldn’t meet them. At least last year’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, though predictable and terribly written, was fun to see in the theater for the corn factor/audience reactions. This one was just incredibly slow and unfunny.
Also watched in March: TiMER (2009), Ira & Abby (2006) and What Rats Won’t Do (1998). These three films will be getting full reviews.