Old What’s Her Face* and I went to the movies tonight. We had to choose between Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son. I’m a lover of both science fiction and fantasy, but my wife is not. She isn’t into science fiction at all.
The choice was for Seventh Son, and I was thrilled. This is a fun movie where the story structure remains intact. There were a few issues, but none of them yanked me out of the movie to any great degree. I can’t figure out why the townsfolk had to send for Jeff Bridges to burn the bear/witch they already had in a cage. There was also some camera shaking during the action sequences, but not enough to ruin the film for me.
I love the idea that the good vs. evil concept became somewhat grey in the middle. This makes it much harder for the hero to grasp the right choice. Struggle is good. They even managed to have the hero move forward without destroying the mentor. It was just a very good job.
Casting was an issue for me, but everyone did his/her job. Jeff Bridges talking like his mouth was full of shit the entire time did not enhance my enjoyment.
I’ve seen a few people ripping on Jupiter Ascending, and while I don’t always believe the critics, am happy to have chosen Seventh Son. Still, Jupiter Ascending looks like a very visual experience. I’m looking for box office results before moving forward on it.
Did any of you see either movie this weekend? What did you think of them?
We then proceeded to the Backstage Bistro at the Villiage in Meridian. All of the restaurants had and hour to ninety minute wait. BB got us right in. There were no sexy beer choices, but it was a workman like selection. The best thing was the special, called tongue and cheek. Yes, it really was beef tongue and cheek, slow roasted for hours and served over puréed butternut squash with hedgehog mushrooms.
This meal may turn some of you off, but I was raised around this kind of food, and it was heavenly. It may be one of the best meals I’ve ever had since moving to Idaho in 2001. For a place that serves as a watering hole before and after your movie, they really impressed me.
* The name has been changed to preserve my wife’s anonymity.