Dee and I just returned from seeing 300 at the IMAX Theater on Navy Pier. I had wanted to see the movie from the time I saw the first previews, however it never occurred to me that I should go see it at the IMAX theater until a friend's friend recommended it to me. Today, I got online and got us tickets.
I expected this movie to be pure entertainment and it delivered. Much like Sin City before this, 300 was visually stunning. I was a little worried at the beginning that the movie might take some time to get to the actual fighting, but they cut right to the good stuff. I was impressed at the movie's ability to get you to understand the Spartan mindset within the opening few minutes. Once you understood, you then believed that the Spartan way was the only way - right along with the soldiers. I was also surprised at the number of boobies we got to see. I'm not talking about the man boobies. Lady boob was plentiful.
Anyway, I'm probably not going to offer anything you can't read in a review anywhere else other than to say that I enjoyed it. However, I have heard talk that this movie carries certain political overtones in relation to the war in Iraq. I think that's complete bullshit. If you want to attach political significance to this movie, then you're going to find a way to do it. This movie does nothing that any other movie in the war movie genre has ever done. The good guys fight for freedom and the bad guys fight to take away that freedom. The only difference between this war movie and any other is that it was released during the Iraq war.
I liked it and recommend you go see it. For the record, Dee liked it, too. She thought she wouldn't.
Dee and I also recently went to see Reign Over Me starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle are both dentists who roomed together in dental school. They are both living in New York and have lost touch since school. In the meantime, Sandler's character's family has been killed in the 9/11 attacks (they were on one of the planes) and he falls into a deep depression. Cheadle's character sees him on the streets and eventually is able to befriend him. However, Sandler barely remembers him because he's been trying to forget everything since his family died. For such heavy subject matter, this movie has lot of laughs. The laughs aren't the forced, look-at-me-I'm-funny type of laughs that Sandler usually goes for. He's much more subtle in this film and Cheadle has some hilarious moments as well.
Both Sandler and Cheadle are great in this film. They are both extremely believable and real and there is only one time when I was pulled out of the film by one of Sandler's outbursts that sounded like Happy Gilmore. Cheadle does a great job making his character unique and likable has good chemistry with his wife, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. Reign Over Me is both touching and funny and gives Adam Sandler a chance to finally finish what he started with Punch Drunk Love.
There was one thing that kept popping into my head throughout the entire movie: "Man, Adam Sandler looks an awful lot like Bob Dylan."
If Bob Dylan dies soon (God forbid), I nominate Adam Sandler to play Dylan in the movie that will surely be titled "Tambourine Man."
Oh yeah, Dee liked this one, too. She really liked it, in fact.