But back to this post about movies… let’s talk about the movies we saw and how to survive three in a row.
Tip #1: Bring A Reusable Cup or Bottle
Whether you bring in your own drink, or pack a cup from home, reusable is the way to go because a. movie theater concessions are expense-y and you don’t need that much Coke. No one needs that much Coke. I brought in my own cup with plain water. Between movies, I filled it with concession stand ice, then popped open my OWN can of sparkling water that I smuggled in via my large purse.
Movie Review #1: Godzilla, King of Monsters
Warner Brothers’ recent reboot of their Monsters franchise has been decidedly good, and director Michael Dougherty’s edition to the Godzilla series is no different. Picking up a few years after the 2014 Godzilla, we’re thrown right into the action with Coach Taylor, his daughter Eleven, that actress you always recognize but can’t remember her name; Vera Farmiga, the lady who has sex with the fishman in The Shape of Water, the dude who started Pied Piper, Bradley Whitford (who is just good at playing Bradley Whitford in various situations), and the rest round out the awesome cast. If you love monster fights (there are A LOT), and Coach Taylor giving a pep talk to scientists while 10,000 feet under the sea, then you’ll love Godzilla, King of Monsters.
Tip #2: Splurge On Some Concessions
Ok, I know I just said no one needs that much Coke, but what everyone does need is movie theater popcorn (my fave!) and if you really wanna splash out: an Icee, maybe the caramel corn (if you’re at an Arclight), a cocktail, and a side of jalapeños for your popcorn. Trust me. If you have enough time between screenings, grabbing these concessions between your first and second movie is the perfect time to stock up. Oh and use the bathroom. Obvi.
Movie Review #2: Aladdin
You can read Jamie’s Aladdin review here, but I must concur, the fleshing out of Jasmine’s story is what brings this live-action take on one of my favorite Disney movies, to life. Her song Speechless (new for the film) may make you cry, but one thing you will NOT cry over is Will Smith’s Genie. Post-trailer release the internet was hella worried about just how awful the Genie looked. Thankfully Disney listened and someone polished up the CGI, and Will Smith gives a unique performance that stands out from Robin Williams’ who originated the role. Think Hitch meets Aladdin’s Genie and you have Will’s take on this iconic character. Also, the internet may love #HotJafar but I gotta give it up for #HotAladdin, great casting, great singing, and even with the various wig issues (seriously, we could not be able to see the lace-front, folks), Mena Moussad’s Aladdin was awesome. Besides, this Jafar cemented my theory that anyone who owns a bird for a pet, is probably a weirdo. Even though Joe hadn’t seen the original (he told me this after the film finished, cause WTF?!) really enjoyed Aladdin. Maybe it’s time for Guy Ritchie to make Aladdin 2: Return to the Cave of Wonders?
Tip #3: Bring A Jacket… and Maybe a Blanket
Ok, I’m not saying move in to the movie theater and set up shop, but uh… kind of move in. You are seeing three movies, and movie theaters are notoriously cold. Duh, that’s the reason we went in the first place. And we like movies. We went in wearing shorts and tshirts, but thankfully remembered the arctic temperatures and came prepared. Trust me, there’s nothing worse that being FREEZING while trying to enjoy a movie… or your popcorn.
Movie Review #3: Booksmart
We left the movie theater under the cover of night, bleary eyed but both agreeing that Booksmart was our favorite film of the three we saw. It’s funny, it’s heart felt, it’s the classic high school film and it’s done just so, so well. It had the vibe of one of my favorites movies, Can’t Hardly Wait, but with smarter and funnier female protagonists. You laugh, you cry, you wanna go to high school all over again. JKJKJKlolJK we definitely don’t want to do high school again, but I would love to see this movie again, it’s just that good. Kudos to director Olivia Wilde, the writers, and team. I could go on but our Cassidy’s trailer review and well, the trailer itself does the job better.
Tip #4: Plan to do a movie binge again in the Fall for all the Oscar Movies
Maybe bring some friends and make it a party!
See you at the movies!