Saturday, July 14, 2007

Stephen King adaptations are a mixed bag. Some are wonderful, like The Shawshank Redemption or Misery, while others are heaping piles of garbage, like Dreamcather, or Maximum Overdrive.
Luckily 1408 is one of the good ones.
The movie has a good story focusing on an author played by John Cusack who writes books about staying in haunted places with gripping titles like, 10 Nights in 10 Hotels. The author doesn't believe in the supernatural and has yet to see an proof. But on this one night things are about to change. The author checks in to a haunted hotel room, where numerous recorded accidental deaths, natural deaths, and suicides have taken place. What happens is the whole plot of the movie. Honestly, there's not much to the plot it's simple and it works.
The movie had me on the edge of my seat, there is a lot of build up, but there was no real big scare moment, but it's a great tense, character piece.
Overall, a good movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, with some good jumpy scares but nothing so scary that will make you pee your pants.

Evan Almighty
For some reason this movies not getting good reviews, and honestly I don't understand it. The movie follows the bit character of Evan Baxter (Steve Carrel) from Bruce Almighty as he moves from reporter to US Senator. His campaign motto was "Change the world" and now he's asked God for help to make this come true. God comes to him and tells him to build an ark and comedy ensues.
While Bruce Almighty was funny, it was somewhat dirty and inappropriate for the kids. Here that's no problem. Evan Almighty is at it's heart a funny family film with a good message, something which hasn't been seen in theaters in a long time.
Overall if your looking for a good, funny movie to take your family to this is the one. The movie will make you and your kids laugh and it will leave you feeling like your kids might have learned a good lesson.


Daniel said...

Great mini-reviews. Couldn't agree with you more on either of them. After leaving Evan, Lynnea said "she could see her kids watching this movie" which based on the movies that I watch she has never said before.

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