One HHUUUUUUUUUUGE new release this weekend, and one other spunky little movie that was brave enough to share a release date with the Great and Powerful V for Vendetta. But, really, how much overlap is there between the audiences for that and She's the Man? One edgy cheerleader? Maybe two? In sum: V for Vendetta is either really deep or it's not, and Amanda Bynes rules. Details follow.
- V for Vendetta: Critical responses to this one seem to come from two very distinct groups: those who believe that the movie's effort to address important political and philosophical issues goes beyond the surface, and those (like James) who feel it's "one of those movies that's hung up on big ideas without ever actually having any." To their credit, those in the latter camp are so articulate in their criticism that, if you happen to read those reviews first (I did), the writers in the former often seem incredibly naive. That said, however, they too make convincing arguments - this is the first film since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that has produced such a well-written, thoughtful pool of reviews.
- She's the
Man: In easily the most surprising movie news of the weekend, people actually seem to like this
movie. Sure, there's the odd
critic who rips
it because, well, it's just not very good. For the most part, though, reviewers (like our own Christopher) acknowledge that fact and quickly move on to talking about how adorable and charming and talented
Amanda Bynes is. Let that be a lesson to you, all ye purveyors of
average teen movies: Amanda Bynes=critical kryptonite.