Common Mom Rotating Header Image

Movie Review

Eat, Pray, Love and Some Brew

Had GNO last night with a few friends. Tried out a new brewery in town – Colorado Mountain Brewery. I was pleasantly surprised! The beer was good, which is obviously key for a micro-brew place. The food was good – at least the sweet potato fries that I had were – and the BBQ chicken tacos and bison chili looked awesome! And the service was good . . . our waiter is a 5th grade teacher in town . . . kudos to him for doing school all day then coming to wait on people in the evening!

After food and beer, we headed across the parking lot to the theater for some Julia in Eat, Pray, Love. All I can say is GOOD movie! I got a little annoyed at her self-pity poor me attitude for a while, but she sucked it up and made plans to make some changes. It was a LOOONNGGG movie (started at 6:50 – we walked out at 9:20!) . . . but I never once wished it was over. It was just a good life lesson movie . . . and now I REALLY want to go to Rome . . . and Bali, but only if I get to stay in the exact place she got to stay in :-)

No real detailed review from me, other than I’d actually go see it again if someone asked . . . definite chick flick, but definitely worth it.

Movie Review – Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

My 9-year old read all the books in a weekend and said I just HAD to read them because they were so good. So I did :-) They were good . . . I tell people they are like Harry Potter for 9 year olds.

Needless to say, Dude was way excited when he saw there was going to be a movie! He and I went and saw it last weekend.

I was not impressed. I usually give a lot of leeway to movies, especially movies based on books, and even more when they’re kid movies, but this one took a few too many liberties. I’m not sure how they’ll reconcile those for future movies.

The movie was a lot darker than the books were. It’s like they tried to make the movie be better for teenagers than for the 7-9 year olds that actually read the books. They took out the fun stuff, like Percy getting his head stuck in a toilet and realizing then that he had water powers. Or the whole part about Clarisse being a big part of the books (but she’s nowhere to be seen in the movie). Annabeth not liking Percy in the book, but in the movie they have a lottle romance going. The flying shoes being a trap for Percy in the book and him having to figure out that the shouldn’t use them, but in the movie, he uses them more than once to help himself and his friends. Grover being a Seeker in the book always looking for Pan, but in the movie he’s just a protector and there’s no word of Pan. Percy being all alone in his cabin while the other demgods have their brothers and sisters in their cabins with them in the book.

So the movie was OK as far as movies go, but Dude and I were both disappointed at the liberties they took when they “Hollywoodized” the book. I understand you can’t put everything from a book into a movie or it would be 4 hours long, but I think they went too far to make this movie nothing really like the book except for using the names of the characters. It makes me wonder what they’ll do to the rest of the movies if they’ve taken out some of these necessary pieces that hold the books together and are big parts of the storylines.

Overall – OK movie. Good rental/Netflix. I wouldn’t spend the money to go to the theater, though . . . espeically with the younger kids.

Race to Witch Mountain – Movie Review

Rating: PG
Running Time: 98 minutes

Dude used his “Family Activity” coupon to get us all to this movie. Personally, I thought it was a fun movie. The Rock is not hard on the eyes, and his role in this movie was pretty good. The alien kids did well in their roles as well . . . some people said they were terrible actors and were very lifeless . . . um, they are aliens – I’m guessing they were supposed to act that way.

Anyhoo . . . lots of action and danger; a little more than I like in a “family” movie, but it was good. Princess (6) did not like the movie at all. Afterall, there weren’t any fairies, rainbows, or unicorns in it. She did not want to go to it, but Dude played the Family Activity card, so she was trapped. She made it through with her blue raspberry Icee in hand. She said she liked the puppy 😉

Dude thought it was awesome! What 8 year old wouldn’t like car chases, robot aliens, and a pimped out fridge? He laughed quite a bit and recited a few of the lines as the movie went on. I think he was probably mostly excited that we agreed to go to the movie . . . not typically the kind of movie we go see. Yes, we’re those terrible parents who don’t take our kids to see lost of action and danger films yet.

Overall, it was fun. I’m glad I got to see it with Dude. He loved it and wants to see it again. Princess, not so much. If you’re looking for a fun family movie, this is not it. If you’re looking for a movie to take an 8+ boy to with his buddies, go for it!

Movie Review – Hotel For Dogs

Rating: PG

Run Time: 100 minutes

Went to this movie with Hubby and the kids last weekend. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised! Thankfully, there weren’t many scenes with Lisa Kudrow in them – she’s not my favorite by a longshot. The kids did a great job acting in the movie. Don Cheadle had a small part and was good with it. I like him as an actor and initially wondered why he’d do this movie, but it worked.

As an adult, you can see how the story is going to end before it even really gets going. As a kid, it’s a fun movie with lots of creativity from the kids, lots of goofy stuff, lots of laughs, and lots of cute dogs. Both Dude and Princess really liked it, and Hubby and I weren’t wishing it would be over 15 minutes into it :-) It kept us entertained. One of the best live people family films I’ve seen in a while.

Plot? Check
Plot Holes? Check
Decent Acting? Check
Cute Dogs? Check
Kid Imagination? Check
Sad Parts? Check
Funny Parts? Check
Happy Parts? Check

Best movie ever? No
Best kid’s movie ever? No.
Prime time, matinee, or rent? Prime Time

Any kid 4-12 is going to like this movie and the adults won’t be bored, either. I totally recommend you go see it.

If you do go see it, lemme know what you though of it!