Movie Review: Lincoln

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So the husband and I went to see this movie as part of our November date night and I have to say, it totally lived up to the hype.  It’s not your typical date night movie by any stretch but it is incredibly powerful. 

Never before in American cinema have politics and poetry combined to make such spellbinding bedfellows.  ~  Rick Kisonak, Film Threat

I am not a history buff by any stretch of the imagination and if I’m honest, I absolutely dreaded taking history in school.  I made D’s in most of my history classes because that was about as much history as I could stomach.  When it’s told in story-form, however, I find it’s absolutely captivating. 

If this exquisite, immersive, fully entertaining, dramatized account of real events can’t get you excited about history… nothing will.  ~  Bruce Bennett, Spectrum

Daniel Day-Lewis is phenomenal.  If he doesn’t win every award under the sun for this movie I’ll be shocked. 

Why don’t we give the best actor Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis right now and save everyone a lot of trouble?  ~  Clint O’Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lincoln offers proof of what magic can happen when an actor falls in love with his character. Because as great as Day-Lewis has been in his many parts, he has never seemed quite so smitten.  ~  Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Sally Field (who plays Mrs. Lincoln) also does an outstanding job in this movie.  It was really interesting to get a glipse of what their home-life was like and the relationship between them.  I never knew that he was, to some degree, distant from her nor did I know about the tragedy that they suffered losing their son.  I imagine that would put an incredible strain on any marriage. 

Daniel Day-Lewis reaches new acting heights as Lincoln while Sally Field matches him talent for talent as Mary Todd Lincoln.  ~  Jackie Cooper

Tommy Lee Jones is just wonderful as Thaddeus Stevens.  In truth, Jones gets to, for the most part, act like himself.  Lot’s of dry wit and I-don’t-give-a-crap attitude.  Can we just nominate him for Best Supporting Actor right now?  He does look pretty goofy in the wig, but once you get past your initial giggle and can focus on his character, he’ll win your heart. 

tommy lee jones as thaddeus stevens

Now, if you’re expecting action and shoot-em-up and lots of suspense, this isn’t your movie.  But if you want a look into an era that most of us know nothing about and if you truly want to be moved, then this movie is for you.

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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Warning – if you haven’t already seen the movie and you don’t want to know what happens then stop reading right here.

So my husband and I chose to wait to go see Breaking Dawn part 2 because I didn’t want to see it with a bunch of screaming teenagers.  I’m soooo glad we waited.  There were maybe 20 people in the theatre with us early on a Saturday morning and we got to enjoy the movie in relative peace and quiet without being distracted by screaming, fidgeting and generally annoying movie goers.  It was heaven.    

Personally, I thought that this was the most entertaining and most ‘true to the book’ of all the Twilight movies.  This may seem strange to some people since there was a lot of buzz about a deviation from the book.  In truth, since I didn’t want to know what that deviation might be, I tried to be as out of the loop as possible before I went to see the movie.  I was, in turn, surprised by what appeared to be a gigantic deviation from the book when the war between the Cullen’s side and the Volturi broke out into an actual fight.  As soon as main characters such as Carlisle and Jasper started to get killed I began wondering ‘where the heck are they going with this?!?’ … and then you find out it’s all a vision.  Whew!  Talk about sweet relief!  At least now if Meyer ever decides she wants to write another Twilight book they could still make a movie.  Anyway, I found something interesting on Meyer’s website the other day addressing this specific issue.  Here’s what she had to say:

 The question, which I got frequently, was how I felt about having a big change inserted into the story during the final climax. My answer was that it didn’t feel like such a huge departure. For me, this moment is already in the book. However, we don’t get to see it in all its exciting and gory detail because we are seeing the world only through Bella’s eyes. A few of the reporters I talked to wanted to know where in the book this moment was hidden. The answer is page 738, fourth paragraph down:

“Aro stared into my eyes for a long, tense moment. I had no idea what he was searching for, or what he found, but after he had measured me for that moment, something in his face changed, a faint shift in the set of his mouth and eyes, and I knew that Aro had made his decision.”

In this short analysis, after Bella has revealed the depth of her power, Aro plays out in his head the probable outcome of a battle with the Cullens. Much like what we see in the movie, Aro foresees a more evenly matched fight than he had expected, the loss of too many of his key players, and—most unacceptable—the likelihood of his own death. Though odds are that the Volturi would have come out on top in the end, Aro wouldn’t have lived to see it and the unassailable nature of the Volturi’s authority would have been broken, possibly forever. It is this vision of the future—though imperfect guesswork on his part—that motivates his retreat.

Personally, I totally agree with her and I think including a fight ‘vision’ was a fantastic idea by the Director and Writer.  It seemed to bring a sense of finality to everything.  It’s a closing of a chapter.  Since there’s been no mention from Meyer about a fifth book in the Twilight series I think it was fitting to give the existing movies a definitive ‘end.’  

Another thing that I feel was handled correctly was the subject of Jacob imprinting on Bella and Edward’s daughter, Reneesme.  If you’ve read the books, then you’re totally aware that this whole concept of imprinting isn’t some wolfy version of something we humans would arrest someone for.  However, if you’re just a casual movie-goer and not a Twilight fan and haven’t read the Twilight books then there’s a definite possibility that you’d be entirely creep-ed out.  By lightly addressing it but not going into specifics they managed to completely evade the creep factor.

In one of Stephenie Meyer’s weirder conceits, Jacob ‘imprints’ on Bella’s daughter: This may be the most awkward way to resolve a love triangle since Luke discovered Leia was his sister.  ~  John Beifuss

In the end though, I think that people who hate this type of book and/or movie will hate this movie, die hard Twi-hard fans will love this movie, and for the middle-of-the-road… well, they’ll probably think it’s juvenile.

I loved the books, I’ve made no secret of that, but you have to realize they’re young adult.  This means, of course, that they’re written for an audience under the age of 18.  Since I surpassed 18 over a decade ago, I expected there to be some disconnect.  In addition, I would have chosen different characters for the movies for several of the main characters but I think some of them were spot on.  All in all – I think the movies fit the book, even if there are things I would have done differently.  Additionally, I’m truly interested to see what they’ll do with the inevitable remake that will come out in my lifetime. 

Have you seen this movie?  What did you think?

Movie Review: Alex Cross

So I suppose I should preface this by saying that I have not read the book Cross by James Patterson (the book from which this movie is based).  I have, however, read several of James Patterson’s other books. 

Here is the synopsis of the movie from Rotten Tomatoes: Alex Cross follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

Here is the synopsis of the book (Cross) from Barnes & Noble: Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive-bys in D.C.’s rough neighborhoods. Years later, still haunted by his wife’s death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he’s set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order. He even has a chance at a new love. Then Cross’s former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria’s death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.

So not to give anything away that you either haven’t already figured out from the synopses above and/or from any trailers you’ve seen on tv but the long and short of it is this – in the movie, Alex’s wife Maria is killed by a crazy man and he, in turn, goes a wee bit crazy himself and goes after the killer.  That’s the basics. 

The one and only good thing I can say about this movie is that Matthew Fox was incredible.  He absolutely honed in on the ‘crazy vibe’ that he needed in order to accurately portray this character.  He gets two giant thumbs up in my book. 

I cannot say the same for Tyler Perry and to be honest, I was skeptical from the beginning.  I didn’t really think that he would be able to make a seamless transition from playing characters such as Madea into the highly educated ‘high thinker’ that is Alex Cross.  And… he doesn’t.  He just cannot channel the necessary qualities to be a believable Alex Cross. 

There have been two previous movies based on James Patterson books: Along Came A Spider and Kiss The Girls.  In both of these movies, Morgan Freeman played Alex Cross.  Freeman was a much better choice from a psychological standpoint however if you have actually read any of Patterson’s books you know that Cross is a physically imposing man generally in his 30s or 40s (depending on the book).  Freeman is hardly physically imposing nor is he the “correct” age.  Perhaps Denzel Washington would have been a better choice?  He’s relatively the right age and a bit smaller than Cross is portrayed to be in the book but if he buffed up a bit then it’d definitely be believable.  Plus, he has several action/dramas under his belt so at least he’d be relatively familiar with the character (The Book of Eli, Déjà Vu, Man on Fire, and The Bone Collector to name a few).  A coworker who has much more knowledge regarding African American male actors who might fit the bill suggested Michael Jai White.  The point being, Perry was an unfortunate choice for this movie. 

All in all – had Cross been played by a more worthy actor and had the screenplay been closer to the book then perhaps this would have lived up to it’s potential.  In reality, it falls miles short. 

Have you seen this movie?  Did you like it?  Have you seen any of the other James Patterson movies?

Movie Review: Gone

Synopsis (from Rotten Tomatoes) :
In the new suspense thriller Gone, Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has come back for her sister. Afraid that Molly will be dead by sundown, Jill embarks on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister.

So the hubs and I watched this movie the other night and we were relatively excited when it came in the mail because we both thought it had a great storyline.  I mean, you’ve gotta admit – it’s got wicked potential.  I was really looking forward to seeing Amanda Seyfried outside of her ‘normal’ passive role and kicking a little bit of kidnapper ass. 

This movie clips along at a relatively quick pace which is nice because it keeps you from getting bored.  It also keeps you guessing regarding who the bad guy really is because there are several shady characters in the movie.  Sadly – that’s where the good things end.  Yes, it clips along at a good pace but then it comes to a screeching halt at the end, without actually leaving you fulfilled.  She confronts the bad guy, but it’s rather anticlimactic and (spoiler alert) you never figure out exactly who he is or why he was hunting her in the first place. 

It’s a significant letdown that after all Jill’s running, and all the guessing Seyfried makes us do, the climactic confrontation plays like an uninspired afterthought.  ~  Tom Russo / Boston Globe

You’ll sincerely dislike cops by the end of the movie because of the inept way they handle her case, or, more accurately, don’t handle the case they think she’s faking. 

In truth, Seyfried’s character seems to handle the entire thing a little too calmly.  I’d expect more freaking out, or more desire for vengance.  Perhaps I just think it’s strange because I’d act differently.  Who knows.  I’ve seen her do much better acting in movies like Letters to Juliet, Dear John, Mama Mia, and Mean Girls

It’s one of those Hollywood movies that goes in one eye and out the other.  ~  Derek Malcolm / This is London

If you’re looking for a thriller that isn’t really all that thrilling (and there’s no gore, just in case you’re worried about that) then this is your movie.  If you actually want something to give you a good mind twist may I suggest sticking with classics like Silence of the Lambs. 

A psychological thriller lacking in both psychological complexity and thrills.  ~  Simon Weaving / Screenwize

Have you seen this movie?  What did you think?

Movie Review: Taken 2

If you lie with dogs, you get fleas; if you go to Europe with Liam Neeson, you get kidnapped.  ~  John Beifuss via Commercial Appeal. 

I am going to preface by saying that if you haven’t seen the first Taken movie then you’re seriously missing out.  Liam Neeson is a serious badass in that movie. 

The first Taken movie wasn’t really hyped up at all.  I honestly don’t even remember seeing a preview for it but somehow the Hubs and I found ourselves at the movie theatre one night watching it and let me tell you – we LOVED it.  The movie was phenomenal.  So, when we heard there was a second one coming out we were psyched. 

I’d heard that Taken 2 wasn’t nearly as good as Taken but let’s face it, the sequels are rarely as good as the originals (unless it’s Aliens).  Still – we had to go see it.  So… off to the theatre we went.

If you’re hoping for even a hint here of the original’s appeal, allow me to quote the immortal words of Marko from Tropoja: ‘Good luck.’  ~ Rick Kisonak via Film Threat

Sadly, the critics were right… it’s not nearly as good as the first one.  The story line is very thin and there just doesn’t seem to be much really going on.  It’s almost as if they made a movie of Liam Neeson fight scenes.  I’m a bit disappointed.  I’m not certain that we’ll be buying this one… unless they come out with a Taken 3… in which case then we’ll have to. 

Have you seen this movie?  Did you think the plot was lacking?

Movie Review: White Oleander

 I’m honestly surprised that this movie didn’t win several awards.  It’s very ‘Sundance Film Festival-ish’ and it’s very well done but it only won 3 small awards:  Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer) at the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards, Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer) at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, and Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor (Mark Donato) at the Young Artists Awards.

 Synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:  The Oprah Book Club best-seller by Janet Fitch makes it to the big screen in this adaptation from British director Peter Kosminsky. White Oleander recounts the traumatic adolescence of Astrid Magnusson (Alison Lohman), who finds herself an orphan after her short-fused, enigmatic artist mother Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is carted off to prison on murder charges. Astrid first finds herself in the care of Starr (Robin Wright Penn), a garish, born-again mother of two with a gruff but sensitive boyfriend (Cole Hauser). From there, she’s shunted back to a state-run facility, where she tangles with other troubled teens and finds temporary solace in the arms of Paul (Patrick Fugit), a dough-faced comic book artist with dreams of moving to New York City. Astrid then lucks into a living arrangement with a successful but insecure actress (Renee Zellweger) who offers her unconditional love. But Ingrid’s stifling influence continues to haunt her daughter, whether through the occasional prison visit or via manipulative letters to Astrid’s caretakers.

 Michelle Pfeiffer is great in this, at least in a totally psychotic and selfish way.  She plays a good crazy person though.  I loved her in What Lies Beneath. She’ll piss you off and you’ll absolutely want to run her over with your car, but she’s totally believable as a psychotic girlfriend who poisons her boyfriend in a fit of rage.  Her daughter Astrid (in the movie, not real life) played by Alison Lohman is left to the mercy of the foster care system after her mom is sent to jail.  I found her experiences to be genuine and it did make me wonder if the author of the book that the movie is based on spent time in the foster-care system.  Astrid is placed in three separate foster families as well as a large group home over the course of several years.  I don’t want to give anything away (because I totally think this movie is worth watching if you haven’t already) but let’s just say that you’ll want to laugh, cry, throw something at the tv, and crawl through the tv to hug certain characters.  You should Netflix this one today.

Movie Review: Darkness Falls

I swear, sometimes I look at our Netflix queue and wonder how in the hell that movie made it in there.  As I’m the one who basically maintains it I know that in all likelihood I’m the one who added it to the queue in the first place but for the life of me I can’t remember why.  What was I thinking?  Did I read something that said I should watch it?  Was it on a list of ‘the best horror movies’ or ‘movies every guy should watch’ or some other random list of ‘best ___ movies’ I read?  Who knows.  I do know that I was possessed to put it on there for some reason (even if I don’t understand why now) so I rarely if ever remove anything from the queue.

This movie is definitely one of those movies.  When it showed up in our mailbox weeks ago (right before the Olympics) even my husband said ‘really?’  Now, don’t misunderstand, I love horror movies and/or thriller movies and this definitely qualifies (more as a thriller – it’s not really gory).  Still – if you read the synopsis the first adjective that probably comes to mind is ‘hokey.’

Synopsis (from IMDB):  A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

All in all I would say that this movie lived up to the standards I’d expected out of it.  It wasn’t a big blockbuster.  It’s not a great movie.  It is, however, an entertaining one.  It’s definitely predictable and more ‘made for tv-ish’ but that’s ok with me.  I don’t have to fall in love with every single movie that I watch.  As I mentioned this arrived weeks ago right before the Olympics started and it’s taken me until now to watch it.  I’m glad I waited and didn’t watch it one night instead of watching the Olympics because then I’d probably be a little miffed.

The main character Kyle Walsh (played by Chaney Kley) is believable in the sense that you totally get why he is the way he is.  He gets the crap scared out of him as a child and is blamed for things that were totally not his fault.  As a result, he’s become a recluse and is totally terrified of the dark even as an adult.  Honestly, if I’d experienced what he did, I probably would be the same way.  When he comes back home to Darkness Falls to help his childhood friend Caitlin Greene (played by Emma Caulfield) it’s understandable that he doesn’t really want to get involved.  However, in the end he (of course) gets involved, becomes the hero, and totally saves the day.

The child character Michael Greene (played by Lee Cormie) does a phenomenal job.  I honestly wonder if this kid was scared to death after filming this movie.  Didn’t the girl from the original Exorcist eventually go crazy?  I always am (admittedly morbidly) curious to know if children in other horror/thriller movies also turn out all screwed up afterwards.  Do you think you could let your children star in that kind of a movie?

Have you seen this movie?  If so, what’d you think?

Random question:  All you parents out there… what’s the going rate for teeth these days anyways?

Movie Review: The Expendables 2

So no shocker here – this is a total ‘boy movie.’  What I mean by this is that there’s very little plot and very little dialog – mostly it’s just really muscled dudes blowing crap up.

If you can’t guess, this definitely was not my choice of movie.  As it was my husband’s birthday he got to pick (aren’t I a nice wife?  Ha).  I haven’t seen the first Expendables movie so I can’t tell you how this one stacked up to its predecessor but I can tell you that I wasn’t bored to tears.  I didn’t hate the movie.  It did have some really funny lines.  I love that they made fun of themselves.  The movie stars 10 of the biggest movie badasses from the last several decades as well as Liam Hemsworth as Billy the Kid (if you’ve been hiding under a rock, Hemsworth recently stared in The Hunger Games).

Here are the 10 badasses and the characters they play (in no particular order)

Sylvester Stallone – Barney Ross
Jason Statham – Lee Christmas
Jet Li – Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren – Gunner Jensen
Chuck Norris – Booker
Jean-Claude Van Damme – Villan
Bruce Willis – Church
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Trench
Terry Crews – Hale Cesar
Randy Couture – Toll Road

Naturally after watching this movie the Husband and I got into a discussion/debate over who would win if you actually put all these guys together in a ring in real life (i.e. no faking it).  We assumed that we’re playing with time here and these guys would all be fighting in their hayday (i.e. not now when they’re old enough to be grandparents).  Here’s what we came up with (there’s some dissention in the ranks between the Hubs and I on this but we compromised):

  1. Jet Li
  2. Chuck Norris
  3. Jean-Claude Van Damme
  4. Randy Couture
  5. Jason Statham
  6. Sylvester Stallone
  7. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  8. Bruce Willis
  9. Dolph Lundgren
  10. Terry Crews

Here are some of my favorite lines from the movie:

Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger):  I’m back!

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone):  I heard you were bitten by a king cobra?
Booker (Chuck Norris):  That’s right.  But after five days of excruciating pain… the cobra died.

Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger):  I’ll be back!
Church (Bruce Willis):  You’ve been back enough.  I’ll be back.

Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger):  I need a gun, something big. [looks at Caesar’s gun]
Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger):  Yours!
Hale Caesar (Terry Crews):  No way, my weapon’s hanging right where it is.
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone):  Give it to him Caesar, you got a back up. [Caesar reluctantly hands over his gun].
Hale Caesar (Terry Crews):  If I don’t get this back, your ass is terminated!
Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger):  In your dreams.

Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger):  [to Booker (Chuck Norris)]  Who’s next?  Rambo?

Also, I found this on Facebook the other day and just had to share.  Enjoy…

What do you think of our list of who would win in a fight?  Do you agree?  Disagree?  I’d love to know!

Movie Review: 50/50

I thought this movie was beautifully done.  It’s a little Sundance Film Festival-y but really realistic.  I was a bit skeptical going in because of Seth Rogen (I’m a total non-fan).  Rogen portrays the character you’d expect: self-absorbed, perpetually drunk, and incapable of acting like an adult.  I think that we’ve all had a friend like that at one point though.  Truthfully I don’t understand why the main character Adam (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) keeps him around but that’s ok. 

So the premise of the story is this:  main character Adam gets cancer, and it’s a really nasty and aggressive kind.  His chances are 50/50.  The movie starts out in the moments right before he is diagnosed and follows him through all the various stages (denial, depression, anger, etc).  I thought Levitt did an amazing job portraying someone who is in his late twenties and is coming face-to-face with the reality that he might not make it.  He’s angry (and rightfully so) but he’s introverted so he doesn’t express it outright.  His therapist (played by Anna Kendrick) sees it though and even though she’s new at this and still learning herself, she’s exactly what he needs.  Sometimes, you just need someone to call you on your shit.  There’s this fantastic part where she calls him out on his relationship with his mom (played by Anjelica Huston).  He’s been avoiding her because she’s, well, a mom and she’s overprotective and overbearing and driving him nuts.  I don’t really know a mom who’s not that way.  ESPECIALLY when she finds out her kid has cancer.  It’s just a mom thing.

In the beginning Adam is totally a weenie.  A sweetheart, but a weenie.  I just kept yelling at the tv ‘stop being a doormat!’  He finally grows a pair though and realizes that he deserves better.  Just because he has cancer doesn’t mean he should settle.  No one should settle.  Ever. 

In a way this movie really hit home.  A few years ago my stepbrother was diagnosed with cancer and he dealt with it in a very similar way.  He shut us all out and dealt with it on his own.  It’s been a few years now and he’s recovered physically and as far as I’m aware things are in remission but he doesn’t talk about it.  I don’t know that I understand why.  I do know that there are some people who don’t like any sort of negative attention (i.e. pity or sympathy).  Since my stepbro loves most attention I can only assume that he either didn’t want pity or didn’t want to be known as ‘the guy with cancer.’  Then again, some people just can’t get close with other people and I think going through cancer “with” someone would require you to be close.  I can only hope though that he’s as healed emotionally as he is physically.

I definitely would recommend this movie to just about anyone.  It’s a little sad, a little sweet, and a little funny, all rolled up in a movie about real life.

Side note: Does anyone besides me think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks like a younger Keanu Reeves?

Movie Review: 12 Rounds

This ought to give you some idea of how many movies are in our Netflix queue – this movie came out in 2009 and I’m pretty darn certain we put it in our queue when we saw the previews… and we’re just now watching it.  It’s 2012 by the way if you didn’t know.  So yeah, three years’ worth of movies passed.  Craziness. 

Anyways, I have to say I rather enjoyed this movie.  There were some hokey parts that were to be expected (especially considering the main actor is a WWE wrestler).  I mean, let’s face it, WWE guys aren’t exactly known for their amazing acting skills (The Rock anyone?).  John Cena does a pretty good job though all things considered.  It’s not as though the guy is a trained actor.  Strangely enough, Brian White (who plays his partner) and who is a good actor (watch The Family Stone for proof) totally sucks it up in this movie.  He’s just not believable.  The acting just seems forced.  Maybe he just wasn’t able to channel his inner cop.  Steve Harris, on the other hand, is tooootally in sync with his FBI persona.  You pretty much hate him in the end.  He’s a self-righteous prick.  Although, if I remember correctly, he also played a self-righteous prick of a lawyer in some TV series (Ally McBeal, The Practice?  something like that).  Maybe he’s just a self-righteous prick. 

It irks me that we don’t find out until the last five minutes of the movie what John Cenas’ characters wife does for a living (her name is Ashley Scott btw).  Here’s why it’s irritating:  it’s the key to this entire freaking movie.  I didn’t see the end coming at all which is fine, I like that.  However, I felt irritated at the end because I didn’t have all the facts.  It’s like trying to complete a puzzle when the person across from you is hiding a few pieces in their pocket.  NO FAIR! 

The only other issue I had with this movie is that John Cena’s character struggles to even manage a pull up.  Even if you didn’t know going in that he’s a wrestler, the guy is in ridiculous shape.  I don’t know a single guy in that kind of shape who couldn’t manage to do one single pull up.  If you’re going to put in an actor with that sort of physical prowess then let him show off a little.  It doesn’t have to be flashy or overdone, but I’m pretty sure those muscles are capable of doing more than making women drool. 

Last but not least, there’s a song at the very end of the movie (during the credits if I remember correctly) that I love.  Sadly, I can’t find the name of it.  Someone with better internet skills than myself want to give it a shot? 

What’d you think?  Have you seen this movie?  Did you like it?  Do you think that wrestlers should just stick to wrestling? 

Random I know, but is it just me or does John Cena look like an older, and much more muscly version of Channing Tatum?