Brief movie reviews

In the last week and a half I’ve seen two movies, Thumb­suck­er and The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. What did I think of them? Well, Thumb­suck­er was an ado­les­cent-angst movie that proved to me that while Keanu Reeves may not be a bril­liant thes­pi­an, at least he can act like some­one oth­er than Ted Theodore Logan. Also, just because you fill a movie with Big Names doesn’t mean it’s going to be great. The film was solid­ly OK in my book, though a cou­ple of the char­ac­ters were full-out unsym­pa­thet­ic and the teenage hero gets toyed with by more than a cou­ple of peo­ple. It was a decent film, but I don’t know if I’d watch it again.Narnia was well-done, with some stun­ning visu­als and great act­ing, espe­cial­ly from the kids that went through the look­ing-glass wardrobe into the Oth­er World. The ani­mals were all bril­liant­ly done, and ran the gamut from cute and cud­dly to regal to down­right spooky. The White Witch (played by Til­da Swin­ton, who was also the moth­er in Thumb­suck­er) was cold and cru­el. There were moments when I could tell that it was based on a chil­drens’ book, moments where things went a lit­tle too eas­i­ly or took a lit­tle too much on faith for my taste, but it was still a good, sol­id movie. I’d prob­a­bly watch it again.My friend Kevin has a sim­ple bina­ry scale for movies: It sucked or It didn’t suck. Nei­ther of these two movies sucked, though Thumb­suck­er had me con­cerned for a while there.

Look­ing for­ward now to the new Under­world film. I just hope I’m not expect­ing too much from it…