Saturday, January 16, 2010

Apocalypse wow

When it comes to movies, I’m a late adopter. Or maybe even a laggard.

Movies feel like a waste of money unless they’re excellent. I tend to see one only after multiple friends recommend it or after I’ve completed exhaustive research — sometimes both.

So it was a surprise that I got to see The Book of Eli yesterday — on its opening weekend.

I had seen Denzel appear on The Tonight Show, but I hadn't seen a preview or read a review. I didn’t have a lot of time to plan and compare my other options. My choice was either see it or don’t.

The movie was fantastic.

Really surprising and thought-provoking. It didn’t hurt that I got to see it from a couch at the Rosebud while eating an assortment of fried foods.

Sure, it had its flaws. And it did get mixed reviews, some of which I'd agree with. It’s a stretch that iPods and designer sunglasses could survive 30 years post-apocalypse. And how did Mila Kunis’ character learn to drive? And how can people who never read be so articulate in their use of spoken language?

Ah, bygones.

I loved the surprise ending. Never saw it coming.

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