19 November 2013

50 hours on a plane = more movies

If there's one thing long-haul travel is good for, it's catching up on all the latest release movies. And with over 50 hours of flying you can bet I watched A LOT of movies! At least 15 and that's only the ones I can remember that actually stuck with me. So here's more of my picks:

The Internship
I wasn't expecting to like this so much. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's brand of humour I can either love or hate depending on the mood I'm in. But I really liked the feel-good factor of this movie and it fascinated me that it revolved around working for Google. Basically they play 2 middle-age clueless guys who get accepted into the internshp programme at Google and have to prove themselves against lots of bright young things who are up and coming and just as desperate to make it through the programme to work at Google. There are underlying themes of 'believing in yourself' 'playing to win' and 'being a team player' that for me made it a great watch.

My impressions: easy to watch, loved the Google setting
Star rating: 3.5 out of 5

Lone Ranger
Noah watched this on the way over and firmly declared it to be his favourite movie, begging me relentlessly to watch it on the way back. I finally gave in on the London-Abu Dhabi leg and was glad I did. It's a fun retelling of a classic tale, and Johnny Depp plays Tonto so well in his usual offbeat way. There's plenty of action to keep you engaged the whole way through.

My impressions: fast paced and easy to watch
Star rating: 3.5 out of 5

World War Z
May I preface this by saying I'm not a zombie fan. AT ALL. I have never really watched any other zombie movies or any of the recently popular shows like The Walking Dead. BUT. This film took me by surprise, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I wasn't jumping out of my skin that is - damn they moved fast! Brad Pitt stars as a UN employee tasked with figuring out where the virus came from, and how to prevent humanity from destroying itself.

My impressions: it made me think and it was scarily almost believable that it could actually happen
Star rating: 4 out of 5

I'd heard mixed things about this movie so had a few reservations about whether I should watch it, and is it just me or has Tom Cruise not aged a bit in the last 10-15 years - what's up with that?! Having said that, I did really enjoy it. Tom Cruise stars as a outpost ranger stationed on a future deserted Earth tasked with ensuring the flow of natural resources back to the new planet is maintained. But the flashbacks he suffers mean he can't shake the feeling that there is a lot more that he doesn't know and a search for the truth begins.

My impressions: It definitely kept me guessing and had a number of good twists along the way
Star rating: 3.5 out of 5

This movie reminded me a little bit of a kid's comic version of Avatar. A human girl gets shrunk to insect size and discovers a whole miniature world exists in the forest so she bands together with a group of others against the forces of evil that exist in the forest so she can eventually return home.

My impressions: As kids movies go, this one was enjoyable but maybe not THAT memorable, but I was a little distracted watching this one - I think I was writing a blog post at the same time!
Star rating: 3 out of 5

So who has seen any of these movies and what did you think?!

If you missed last week's post, I reviewed: White House Down, The Expatriate, The Great Gatsby, Now you See Me and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen here. And there's still more to come next week (don't be surprised I did tell you I watched a lot!)

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