One of the benefits of having a girlfriend is getting to see movies in movie theaters. It’s been a few weeks now, but Joan and I went to see “The Descendants”. I screwed up and used the term “chick flick” in front of her before we went in, but I was merely using the term as descriptive without any misogynist connotations. A chick flick, by my definition, is a film where men and women talk and show emotions. This is opposed to guy movies where things (including people) explode and the feelings the characters feel is mostly pain.
It was quite a theater. Very upscale multiplex. There was a traditional snack bar where you can buy your popcorn and red vines but there was also a bar bar, where you can get a beer to take into the theater. One thing I’m struck by here in Portland is that there is beer all over the place. I got a haircut Wednesday at Bishop’s where they hand you a beer while you’re waiting to be clipped.
Anyway, the theater was ritzy, kind of expensive, and they didn’t have enough employees. It had the feeling of being so new that no one knew it was there and so they didn’t hire many people. In fact, you had to buy your tickets at the snack bar. Joan and I got our popcorn, went to the bar and got some beer and then found our way to the plex that was showing “The Descendants”. The seats were plush, you could lift up the armrests if you wanted to snuggle, and there were hassocks where you could put up your feet. I won’t give you a full review, but it was a very good film. I could see George Clooney winning an Oscar for it. It was a chick flick in the best meaning. Realistic people with real emotions, set with Hawaii as background. I recommend it.
On Joan’s suggestion I Netflixed “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (Swedish version). The American version is coming out soon. When I see bestsellers I tend to stay away, but if the book is half as good as the movie (and Joan says it is much better) then I made an error in skipping the book. We watched it Wednesday afternoon. I won’t review this one either, but suffice it to say it’s not a chick flick. It’s a really gripping mystery with a lot of reprehensible characters popping up. I imagine that most people who see it will see the American version and I don’t know how that’ll hold up. I can’t imagine it being as graphic. The Swedish film was so good that after a couple of minutes you didn’t realize you were reading subtitles. Whew. Another very good film.