Monday, November 8, 2010

Movie Review Monday - Let the Right One In and Date Night

My son gave me the book to read. I read about 30-50 pages and got bored with it. I still haven't finished it. But then my son brought home the movie and said his friends said it was "Great!" So, I thought, I'll give it another chance. My husband and I popped some popcorn and sat down to watch it on Saturday night. He liked the idea of watching a Scandinavian film and I am a die-hard fanpire, so what the heck.

But "Great" is giving it way too much credit-at least in my opinion. It was slow and uneventful for a horror film. It was labeled a thriller - but I was less than thrilled. The acting may have been okay but definitely not stellar. All-in-all this would not be one I'd recommend.

However, my husband and I then popped in Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It was super cute and made me laugh out loud.

I have so been there with this couple, when the kids were growing up. Only my husband and I never did "Date Night(s)". I wish we would have known about these special occasions for parents. But back then we were just struggling to make ends meet and after seeing this film, maybe that was a good thing. I'm sure we would have taken the Triplehorns' reservation too, if we'd had the chance and then where would we be today? Not driving a lamborghini - I'm sure, we would never have been so lucky.

But this is one funtastic film that I would recommend to any young couple with kids - no, wait, I'd recommend this one to anyone :)


David Batista said...

I've watched both films, and like them both.

Let The Right One In was really good for me. I don't need action-y vampire flicks to thrill me, and in fact I usually prefer the less is more approach to horror films.

That being said -- and it's very rare that this is ever the case -- the American remake of this movie just came out a couple of months back, and it's actually BETTER than the original. It's called "Let Me In" and stars the young actress who played Hit Girl in that movie "Kick Ass" earlier this year.

The American version has better pacing and acting. And, for me at least, the story changes made it a better experience overall than the original. It's still not action-y, but definitely smoother. So take that for what it's worth.

Date Night was funny. Funnier than it should have been. And I always love when Rom Coms take place in my hometown. Gives it that little something special, you know? :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm too old in this lifetime to give a bad book more than 35 pages of my time. seriously. But I want to rent Date Night.

Kelly Polark said...

I don't get to see a lot of movies, but I did see Date Night!
I love Steve Carell and Tina Fey!!

Kimbra Kasch said...

David:I'm ALMOST tempted to see the American version.

GG: I kept trying to read more because my son gave it to me :(

Kelly: I laughed out loud and I'm not huge on Rom Coms

Rena Jones said...

I haven't seen any of these. No surprise there, huh? Rena, the hermit.