(Not) Netflix Notes 3

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(Not) Netflix Notes 3

While I don’t have Netflix, there are a number of DVDs I’ve watched over the past few months that I’m never going to get around to reviewing. This admission of failure will clean out my draft posts folder and maybe give us something to talk about.

Get Smart

Wish it were smarter When I first saw the trailers for Get Smart I was completely jazzed about it. It was probably the summer 2008 movie that I was most looking forward to, but the reviews and word of mouth were bad and I never made it to the theatre to see it. Sadly, those assessments were accurate. It’s not terrible, but is only mildly funny at best and certainly doesn’t live up to the awesome cast.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I’ve never read the Hitchhiker’s books, so I came to the movie with few preconceptions and no special fondness. I left my living room with no special fondness. I knew enough to expect the Monty Python sort of weird, but the plot was slow and the performances half-hearted. The only part that amused me was Alan Rickman voicing the manically depressed robot, Marvin. I’m convinced Alan Rickman could read the phonebook out loud and be entertaining.

librarian2_posterThe Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines

The second Librarian movie holds its own pretty well with the first one and features 100% more Jonathan Frakes. These movies aren’t masterpieces, but they are just plain fun. And yes, this one is also way better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Quantum of Solace

I’ll let CT give the full review of QoS at some point. My brief assessment is disappointing. I thought Casino Royale was a great movie and a near perfect reboot of the franchise. Perhaps that raised my expectations too much. The plot never seemed to rise beyond a way to string together the action sequences. It wasn’t awful, but nowhere near as good as Daniel Craig’s maiden voyage as Bond.

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  1. Carlin February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I haven't seen Get Smart. I think I'll not bump it up higher in my queue based on these comments.

    Hitchhiker's had a great cast, but you're right about the plot. The brilliance of the book is in the way the story is told more so than the actual plot. With a book, you can get inside a character's head in a way that you just can't with a movie. So while Arthur Dent takes front and center stage and is a great character in the book, in the movie he's more like a set piece. Which is too bad because I loved Martin Freeman in the UK version of The Office and thought he'd be perfect for this part.

    I enjoyed the first Librarian, but haven't moved on to any of the subsequent ones. But maybe I'll make a point to do that before late August when I head to library school.

    As for Quantum of Solace, I do have lots to say about it and still owe this blog two reviews for the Daniel Craig 007 movies. Soon. Soon…

  2. CT February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I still owe this blog reviews of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I need to watch them again and then make a point to do the reviews. I'll make that a goal of mine to do that before the end of the year.

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