Despite being married to a film teacher, I don't watch a lot of movies. I am really picky about what I do watch. There are a lot of bad films out there, as in: just poorly written, or not very well executed, or simply bad in the moral sense-it's just better not to watch them.
But when I do watch a movie, it's fun to watch them with Ben, because we can discuss the technical aspects, etc. Once upon a time Ben and I sat down to watch a movie that got rave reviews from a lot of people: I was horrified by the (lack of) morals it portrayed, but I think Ben was more horrified by the editing techniques.
That said, Ben and I watched a few movies this week. We finally got around to seeing Enchanted. (The movie theater waits for no busy mom, even if she intends to get there). Let's be clear: this movie was really aimed at girls like me, girls who grew up watching the Disney classic princess tales of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, and are now old enough to be nostalgic about them. But, it worked. I was much more taken with the movie than either of my girls were.
There were some rough patches with the story; though the second time I watched it, those things were less noticeable. What I found most jarring was Susan Sarandon as the Evil step-mother. Her voice is just too well known, and she didn't alter it enough for me to stop thinking "It's Marmee as the Wicked Witch!" Her character would have been better cast with someone a little more obscure. I did love the ending with the two girls essentially switching places. And, at the risk of sounding old-fashioned, I would have liked two weddings, and not just one.
The other movie we saw was a film Ben edited, called Happy Valley. It's a documentary about drug abuse, focusing on prescription pain-killer addiction and the like, and it takes place here in Utah. It's playing in theaters this week, so if you're in-state, you should catch it. It's an eye-opener. These kinds of problems are all through-out the country, not just Utah; although Utah is the film's focus.
Take some kleenex. There are some emotional moments as you hear about families who have dealt with this issue.