Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Gift That Keeps On Giving



For Mother's Day, John gave me a great present. He's taking me to the theatre for movies. We had five picked initially, but we keep adding to the list. Schedules conflicting and all that, we've managed three so far: Ironman, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - both more than worth the price of admission. Yesterday, we went to see Indiana Jones, but due to the fact it was the spur of the moment, the times to see it were limited and we had a narrow window, we went to Get Smart instead.

Witty and laugh from the gut funny, the Get Smart movie is dedicated to Don Adams and Edward Platt (Maxwell Smart and the Chief from the original television series that ran from 1965-70). Steve Carvell is brilliant. Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin are marvelous. Dwayne Johnson proves that again that he has a flare for comedy, his performance stellar. The plot is basic so as not to distract from the humor. The visits by walk-on celebrities immensely enjoyable. While longer than I expected, it was worth every second (although, no need to sit through the end of the credits - no surprise scenes at the end - unless you just want to listen to Justin Timberlake and Madonna sing the theme song.)

I hate to be crass by saying this - but I usually judge how good a movie is by if I have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle. If I do, it's not holding my attention. Nada - not this time! :-)

My favorite line - which I have a sound bite of the original attached to empty my recycle bin: "Missed it by that much!"

Enjoy folks! This is a keeper.

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