I don’t usually go to the movies all that often, but this weekend I went twice. Friday I went and saw The Lake House, just like I said I would. I liked it. The first ten minutes were a bit confusing, but once you figure out who is where and in what year, it all just seems to fall into place. There was a group of older women sitting in front of us at the theatre, and just as soon as the credits began to roll they turned around and looked at me and said, “okay, can you please explain that to me dear?” I laughed a bit, and then began explaining the parts of the film that confused them. I thought it was funny. At least it was easier to understand than the Donald Barthelme stories I had to read last semester.
Then, Sunday, I went and saw The Break-Up. I realize that I am completely behind in going to see this movie, but like I said I don’t really go to the movies that often (I wait and rent/buy them). I actually kind of liked the movie. I know everyone has complained about the film, and most of the complaints I’ve read have been about how you have to sit through the destruction of a relationship without ever seeing any of the actual relationship. The movie is called The Break-Up. What do people expect it to be about? It was completely what I expected it to be, thus I was not disappointed, thus I enjoyed it. Really, I think it was a pretty good movie. It had some really funny moments and a lot of very true-to-life moments. Critics are just too critical sometimes.
I will still recommend The Lake House over The Break-Up though. I love that the movie inspired me to write more. Honestly, I came home thinking, “Man, I wish I had written that.” It was a great story. I think I found a hole in the plot, but I’m willing to over look it in the name of suspending my disbelief.
Seriously, if you are looking for a movie that isn’t like one that you have seen a hundred times, go see The Lake House.