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Monday, February 22, 2010

Movie Mondays: I Never Agree with the Critics

I was actually able to see TWO movies recently, in the theater. We tend to wait for dvds a lot. Trying to find a sitter is sometimes more of a hassle than it's worth.  Plus, there's the whole not-able-to-stay-awake factor. So, this is a little rare for me!

Messy Mommy just started a new blog carnival last week called "Movie Monday," so this gives me a chance to talk about the movies and tell you why the critics are wrong! If you've watched a movie lately(in the theater, on dvd, or even just on tv) and want to talk about it, click the button below and link up!

Movie Monday @ Messy Mommy

Whether it's books or movies, anytime the critics are raving about something, I tend to get let down by it. But, when they don't like something, I tend to like it. Especially if the reason they don't like it is because it wasn't "deep" enough.


I don't need deep.

I just want to enjoy myself.

*The Valentine's Day review does not contain spoilers, though the Dear John review does.*

Hubs and I saw Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day. Awwwwww. That's when I busted my knees by performing my cartoon-like fall.

The critics basically hated this movie. Poor script, tacky comedy, date movie from hell, quantity of actors instead of quality: these were all reviews that I read.

But, do you know what? This movie was FUN. It was cute, sweet, and funny. 

I did get a big kick out of a line that Taylor Lautner's character said at one point: "I don't feel comfortable taking off my shirt in public."  I laughed and then felt a little dirty, thinking about how I drooled over him in New Moon, back when he wasn't even legal. I didn't know that then: I'm too young to be a cougar!

The relationship with the "old couple" was my favorite plotline. I just love the scene with them near the end, in the graveyard(yes, I said graveyard) and the speech about how loving someone means you love all of them, not just the good parts. It fits perfectly with my view on marriage.

Even Hubs liked this movie. He doesn't get into the deep and sappy crap, so this was cute. Plus, the last line of the movie made the whole theater laugh, sending us out the door in high spirits. I don't want to spoil it for you, though. But, if you ask me, I'll tell you.

You know how you'll flip through the channels, looking for something to watch and there will be a movie on that you've seen a million times, but you always stop to watch it anyway? Valentine's Day will become one of those movies for me.

The other movie I saw was Dear John. I'm a huge Nicholas Sparks stalker fan. Though, this was probably my least favorite books of his. I kind of went off about why in this post, but I'll give you the short version of why, since I know it's a pain to go back and read an old post to get caught up.

So, I just copied and pasted my main problem with the book:
Here's my problem with Dear John: at the end, you are left with a couple who is married(Savannah and Tim). The wife loves her husband, but it's more a marriage that just happened due to circumstance and not because she actually is IN love with him. She's IN love with her ex(John) and still thinks about him, wishing things had happened differently. Her husband, who just went through a bout of cancer from which he almost didn't make it, is well aware that his wife would choose to be with her ex if she wasn't so set on honoring her marriage vows, but her heart is really else where. And then there's the ex, who is still in love with the girl that he can never have.

Tragic all around, right?

You always expect changes from the book to the movie. But, the ones that were made this time around left me with an unsettled feeling. Maybe even more unsettled than the book...but it's pretty much a toss up.

I could dissect this for the-longest-post-ever, talking about the changes made from book to movie, but I'll just tell you about the two most important ones.

The biggest change was just plain creepy. Savannah still marries Tim, but Tim is OLD. Like, old enough to be her dad. He is sick before they get married and pretty much pressures her into marrying him so that she will take care of his autistic son(in the book, this child is his brother; Tim doesn't get sick until after they are married; and he's only a few years older than her). People in the theater were visibly shuddering when they found out whom she married. Some even called out "That's NASTY!"

Then, there's the big change in the ending. In the book, John sells his father's coin collection and uses the money to pay for Tim's experimental treatment and it saves Tim's life.

But, in the movie, the treatment gives him a couple more months to live, to come home and say goodbye to his son. Then, he dies. Savannah writes a letter to John, professing her eternal love, and they exchange a kiss at the end.

A friend of mine told me that she liked the movie better than the book because the movie gives you the happy ending that you want. But, is that really a happy ending? I don't know how you could take the plotline of the book/movie and actually come up with an ending that does sit well with me.

I did still cry at parts, because I'm a giant sap like that. And watching Channing Tatum without his shirt on didn't hurt, either. He's legal, right? Phew.

In my opinion, see Valentine's Day and be prepared to have an uneasy feeling if you see Dear John.

Anyone see these movies? What did you think?

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Blogger For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

I saw Valentine's Day this weekend and loved it. But I like Chick Flicks...and Love Actually is one of my all time favorites...so I thought it was interesting how many similarities there were to the Love Actually movie.

I agree with you...it will be one I will stumble upon and stop and watch. It was fun! AND stay for the out takes during the credits. Julia Roberts has a hilarious one!

February 22, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger danita said...

haven't seen either! i would like to see v-day b/c it seems like it's right up my alley! not creepy, gross, scary or thought provoking! just nice sweet sappy stories. kind of like love actually!

February 22, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Meg @ Higgins Happenings said...

I havent seen either of them yet - but did you know that Julia Roberts got paid $500,000 PER MINUTE (all 6 of them) for being in Valentines Day? We were talking about that at work the other day! That's insane! That's more a MINUTE that I will make in the next 9 years!!

February 22, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I liked Valentine's Day. You did a good review of that movie. I also felt like I was seeing it for entertainment, not to see if it would win an award. I hate the paid reviewers.

I haven't seen Dear John, and I'm not sure I want to, just because I'm a huge sap and I'll cry and I hate to cry. ;-)

February 22, 2010 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Ducky said...

...so you hit the matinee? I know the 5pm showing is probably too close to bedtime and all...

February 22, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I want to see Valentine's Day. Actually, I may go this weekend! A movie doesn't have to be critically great sometimes, does it? It just needs some eye/mind candy once in a while~

February 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Lothiriel said...

I don't like chick flicks! Romance...bleggghhh...

I'm an asshole like that. :-/

I love me a good sci/fi and action flick, though!

February 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Jules AF said...

I saw Shutter Island this weekend. I don't know if I liked it or not.

February 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I haven't seen Valentines Day...but now that I read your review I think I will!
I did see Dear John...I thought it was slow...decent movie...but I would not want to watch it again!

February 22, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ok, Dear John sounds just creepy, and I do want to see Valentines Day - have to force, er, cajole the fiance to go.

Also behind on movies, just saw Avatar...

Good review, keep em coming!

February 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I am reading Dear John right now. My MIL saw The Valentine's Day one. I am not sure what she thought. I have not seen a movie in awhile. Only on t.v.

February 22, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Sassy Salsa girl said...

I don't need "deep" either, I just want to sit back and be entertained without having to think too hard about it. Lol!
I will have to see Valentines day.
I don't know about Dear John it wasn't one of my favorite of Sparks books either. I didn't read the changes made in the movie though, just in case...

February 22, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Adoption of Jane said...

I was a little worried about V-Day because when they put so many stars in a movie it usually backfires.. hmmm maybe I will see it now. Dear John looked lame, but since their is an Autistic Character in it, I may just see it for that reason alone, even though the movie sucks!

February 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

I have not been to the movies since 1995...just kidding seems like it though!

I always wonder about movies where they put so many great actors all in one...I can see where the critics probably thought it was bad...I very rarely agree with the critics though being that one of my all time favorite movies is The Ugly Truth and Ferris Buellers day off!

I always get so angry at movies and books where the couple doesn't end up together...it pisses me off, but I think I still want to see Dear John.

February 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Janae Moss said...

Funny! I have a post half written about this same thing! I lOVED this movie but it reminded me a little me too much a "my first love" and can't quite finish the post and make it sound right. I have been trying for about 5 days :) and um YES Channing is hot. I don't even like many "stars" and get into their looks but he was my exception..my hubby could tell and asked if I thought he was hot. haha :)

February 22, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm really excited that you are doing these. Usually my movie advice comes from the teenagers that I teach and while I generally agree with their assessments...sometimes they lead me astray.

I will say they gave exactly the same critique of Dear John and encouraged me NOT to see it.

February 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Dot Com said...

I loved Valentines day! I thought it was such a cute movie!! I laughed at the same taylor lautner part! havent seen dear john but thanks for the lovely advice!!! :)

happy monday!!


February 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

I'm waiting for the Valentine movie on DVD. We haven't been to a movie theater in ages! I often have the same experience with the critics - maybe when they talk things up it makes me have unrealistic expectations.

February 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Mellodee said...

I'm not a big movie goer anymore (too busy blogging!!!), but since about the early 1960s any movie made, based on a book I liked, disappointed me. The movie generally screws up the book so badly that it is hardly recognizable as the same story!

February 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Mandee said...

Thanks for the review!
I haven't seen either movie, but have heard that Valentine's Day is pretty good. :)

February 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

I'm alive!!! I'm alive!!! I swear I haven't forgotten about ya!

I can't wait to see both those movies and I just had to go ahead and read the Dear John spoiler b/c the ending to that book always bugged me too. Not sure how I feel about the movie ending either though!

February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

I haven't seen either movie. I usually wait for the dvd to come out. Usually if a critic says a movie is bad, I'm pretty sure it will be one that I like.

February 22, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Messy Mommy said...

Thanks for participating! Hubby actually wanted to see Valentine's Day and I said no because I heard it was stupid. I didn't read the last half of your post because I haven't seen Dear John yet. But I agree, the ending of the book was slightly depressing! I hope to see it soon!

February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

We're bad about getting fat off of pizza and watching it on DVD, but I did want to see Valentines Day. Unfortunately, it never worked out :( I don't really have any interest in seeing Dear John. I'm not into really sad movies...I can't handle it...lol

I have long sense decided that the critics never know what they are talking about. They are horrible. Sometimes they're right, but most of the time...they're just idiots.

February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I want to see both those movies, but looks like I'll be waiting for PPV (pay per view). I love Nicholas Spark's, but I'm a sucker for a happy ending. I did not like how Nights in Rothane ending. I wish they'd make a movie of "The Wedding".

February 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I like fun movies. I don't need deep all the time either. I want to laugh and enjoy myself. I'm skipping Dear John because I don't feel like crying.

February 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Confessions From A Work-At-Home Mom said...

I haven't seen either movie, but I want to. I always like to read books before seeing the movie, and haven't read "Dear, John" yet... but it's on my list!

Confessions From A Working Mom

February 22, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Kearsie said...

I haven't seen either of these at the movies because I'm too busy watching boy movies like Avatar and kids movies like Percy Jackson and Princess and the Frog.

I shall have to make an estrogen day to watch one of these.

February 22, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Eternal Lizdom said...

I've been kinda wanting to see V Day- now we will add it to the ever growing DVD list. If we ever get out to see a movie, we desperately want to see Avatar in IMAX 3D... not sure we will get the chance (but I will send my husband out on his own to see it).

February 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Tami G said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED Valentines Day! my bf was outta town so I saw it with one of my single girlfriends ON Valentines Day! It was great! Cute, funny, a little mushy but not over the top. (i can't wait to make the bf watch it when it comes out on DVD!)
Anyway - the line you mentioned - about loving all of them... I literally picked up my phone in the movie and typed it into my notepad! I LOVE that line! it's awesome!

I ALSO saw Dear John - went BY MYSELF on saturday night before v-day...
I cried through the entire movie.. and then it gets to the end and I was literally like WTH?!! didn't like the end at all - and you're right - it's just down right "unsettling"
It's not one I would watch again. too creepy weird. (but your right about Channing Tatum... wheeeeeeeeew!!!!!)

February 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I wanna see Valentines Day! I never pay attention to the reviews...if it looks good to me I go see it....or netflix it.

I didn't read anything you said about Dear John cause it's coming from swaptree and I don't wanna know any more than what your previous post told me.

February 22, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

Hubby and I saw Star Trek, that was our most recent movie.

Before that I took Boo Boo to see Madacasgar II - I MIGHT have seen a movie with my girlfriends once or twice, but I can't recall.

brain-dead mommy.

I will play this though next week I think! Looks fun!

February 22, 2010 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know how happy I am that you gave away Dear John's ending. I was really wanting to see it, but I HATE sad endings!!! I am a fan of happy, sappy, fairy tale endings. There was no way I was going to see the movie until I found out how it ended. I'm weird like that. :0) So, now I know. And I think I'll wait til it comes out on video. :0)

February 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know how happy I am that you gave away Dear John's ending. I was really wanting to see it, but I HATE sad endings!!! I am a fan of happy, sappy, fairy tale endings. There was no way I was going to see the movie until I found out how it ended. I'm weird like that. :0) So, now I know. And I think I'll wait til it comes out on video. :0)

February 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

skip both and go see the wolfman!!!

February 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger gina said...

My oldest went to see valentine's day and she was crushed because HER crush Bradley Cooper plays a homosexual in the movie. :)

I do want to see Dear John, I haven't read the book and I just scrolled over your review- so I 'm hoping I'll like it. BUT I have to wait til it comes out on DVD.

February 22, 2010 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger The (Un)Experienced Mom said...

I read the review of V-Day but skipped past Dear John. I am sure I won't be seeing Dear John until it's out on video b/c I am quite sure hubby won't want to watch it (and quite sure he doesn't want to see me drooling heavily over Channing). But I will see it eventually.

Planning on seeing V-Day as soon as I get to the movies!


February 22, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

I love comedy type chick flicks so I will definitely see V-Day. Plus, I just love to look at little Taylor Lautner. *sigh*

I love me some Channing Tatum too, but I think I'll pass on Dear John. I am the biggest sap in the world and would bawl like the little girl I am, but the whole plot, book and otherwise doesn't sit well with me either.

Great reviews Shell!

February 22, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger StarGazer722 said...

I haven't gotten to see Valentines Day yet and after the reviews it got I think I'm just going to wait and rent it. I have seen quite a few movies in the theatre lately. I did see Dear John. Like you I am a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan/freak/stalker :) I feel the same that the book is definitely my least favorite of his. I hated how old they made Tim in the movie! Yuck!
PS- Have you seen the previews for the newest book that he wrote - The Last Song? It's already being made into a movie. I think it's going to be great!

February 22, 2010 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Tgoette said...

Great post! Personally I don't pay to watch chick flicks but may be persuaded to see them if they pop up on cable. I'm such a softy! As for reviews, I usually never agree with them because what pushes my buttons might not be what pushes theirs. Well done!

February 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Vodka Logic said...

I don't do sappy well which makes me not a bit Nicholas Sparks fan... don't hate me please.

I did like love Actually.. not seen either that you review but will def get to Valentines Day when it hits on demand.

Thanks for the reviews.

February 22, 2010 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger WNY Kitchen and Bath said...

Loved your reviews. I was on the fence on V-day but maybe I will give it a try. I am not a big julia roberts fine. Use to be but her laugh drives me nuts now.

I would only see Dear John because that dude is HOT in that movie.

February 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

ok so I skipped the second half I may see the movie and don't wanna know the spoilers I luv Nicholas Sparks but unfortunately never have time to read anymore well I guess I would if I got off this damn computer:)

I really want to see V-day we went to the movies that day but saw something else.

February 22, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Mrs4444 said...

I'll pass that info on to my son; he really liked the Dear John book and is thinking about seeing the movie. Great review; sounds like valid reasons to be disturbed.

February 22, 2010 at 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm losing it...okay, I've lost it...this is the second time I've read this post, really thought I commented (I knew what I wanted to say...too many interruptions, I think, in my day.
Anyway, agree with you on critic's views. I'd be inclined to see V-D. Nicolas Sparks makes me cry too much.

February 22, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I haven't seen either one, but I realllly want to see Valentine's Day. It may or may not be in my Netflix Queue just waiting to be released on DVD...

I didn't read the other review you gave...I haven't read the book either--looks like I need to add another one to the queue!


February 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didnt read the review on Dear John cause I want to watch it.

But I loved Valentines Day! I thought it was awesome.

February 23, 2010 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger KimmyD said...

I'm dying to see Dear John. I love all the Nicholas Sparks books. I wantt to see V-Day too. I never agree with the critics either.

February 23, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Shandal said...

I'm the same way! I always love the movies with bad reviews and hate the ones with good reviews! I'm dying to see Valentine's Day!

February 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

My hubby is a total movie snob, so the poor reviews of Valentines Day scared him away - I'll bet he'll watch it with me when it comes out on Red Box though. I'm also a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan. I've read EVERYTHING! ;) I'll probably wait for Dear John until DVD too...

I'm looking forward to the release of "The Last Song" In March and "The Lucky One" is currently in production!

February 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger meredith said...

i haven't seen either movie... i figured i'd wait until they came out on dvd. to be completely honest, i only wanted to see dear john because of channing tatum. i'm not really drawn to the whole love story thing, for some reason. and channing's most definitely legal :) i think he's 30, maybe?? but he's married to his co-star in that dance movie, step up or whatever it's called :(

i have when movies divert soooo much from the story of the book. it's irritating.

February 23, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

I haven't seen either one and I doubt that I will. We don't get out much and Hubs is very picky about what movies he will go see. It's hard for us to agree on one so we end up at home on our respective computers.

February 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Tam and John said...

I loved VD - now I can't remember the last line and it's bugging me...??? It was a FUN movie and made me laugh and smile all the way through. Plus I am a sucker for Ashton - he is SO FRICKIN' CUTE.

February 23, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm not a Sparks fan by nature, so I'll probably never see that one. The other, however, might get Netflixed.

Valentine's Day seems to have Love, Actually qualities. True or false?

February 24, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Grilled Cheese said...

I haven't seen either. Neither is quite up my ally, but I might give one a shot should I be feeling adventurous.

Or sorry for myself.

Either way, I liked the reviews!

February 24, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

I haven't seen either of these movies yet. I want to see them both though! I also sad the trailer for Shutter Island and now that's on my list as well :)

February 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

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