Sunday, January 21, 2007

Two Movies, Two Days, Two Reviews

Stranger than Fiction


So the Tato was coerced into going to watch Stranger than fiction by some tato-less, tato-clueless chick. This was not the way to start my box-office year.

However, even in the said coercion I still didn't think the movie would be that bad. Preview looked good. And hey Queen Latiffah and Dustin Hoffman were some of the things to look forward to. I'm not much of a Will Ferrel fan but was also looking forward to seeing how good an actor he is as compared to being a comedian. Shock on the Tato and his peels!

Verdict: CRAP! not even the mushy kind of crap! But long, boring, tedious...and annoying. So much hope for the storyline to take a new twist... NADA! Shame on you Emma Thompson!!! Shame on you for when you bored me in that Anthony Hopkins film and shame on me for boring me here!

the Pursuit of Happyness.

1.I have never taken Will Smith seriously as a serious actor. Even in Ali. I've always thought of him as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air which in entirety isn't such a bad thing.So when he started acting in Bad Boys and Independence Day...I still had this thing of "now what is he trying to do?"
I-Robot...Wild Wild West...Enemy of the State...M.I.B...nuh...esp M.I.B 2

But here he is full grown! Evolved...

2.The beauty of this movie is I actually felt like I was in the 80' had an 80's feel, I was watching an old 80's film. Made in the 80' kuods to the art director and cinematographer.

3.Its about the whole act of SURVIVAL...beating the odds against poverty when your senses tell you to give up and throw in the towel! His journey as he pursues happyness...which even he thinks is but a dream..this is some good movie. A definite must-watch-at-home movie. Survival to the core...some scenes were great:
-him losing his Bone Density machine to some hobo...and initially to some hippie
-him struggling to get to the Church in time to get a shelter before they close down..and his kid drops his action figure and is crying for it, beggin to go back for it...and Will tell him to "Shut up."
-When Will has to lend 5$ to his boss and that all he had in the pocket and he HAD to lend it out....

4. His real life kid is totally adorable in this movie...and it will be good to watch is movie career grown from this. Watch out for a lil jig he does.

5. A definite must watch. Does he deserve the Oscar for this when compared with the likes of Forest Whitaker and Dicaprio for Departed...nuh...but he definitely deserves the nomination!


Ichiena said...

I enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction. If you were expecting a typical Will Ferrel then it's a let down. But I loved the storyline, and Wills acting. Emma was also good - the rest though...tsk tsk tsk. No wonder I watched it solo - as in solo in the entire theatre - lol!

Will Smith (hey, two Will movies) on the other hand haven't watched yet. I note you said, Watch-At-Home-Movie. Not Big screen, hey?

Imagine Whitaker beat Leonardo and Nicholson in Golden Globes...:(

Movie Buff said...

I heard not so good things about Stranger than fiction and therefore did not even bother with it.

What about the way he had to keep asking his buddy for his 14 dollars???
As in he was just almost at the brink of losing it but he kept it together for his boy. Now thats love!!

The part where the kid drops the toy was kidogo heart wrenchin!

Movie Buff said...

By the way, did you watch the last king of scotland?

egm said...

Haven't seen any of these. But the bond of wendo described between Will and his son reminds me of that bond between Simon and Dia in Blood Diamond. A man had such great love for that boy that he was willing to die to rescue him from the band of rebels that had co-opted him into their machinations. As MB stated, that is a great movie!

aegeus said...

What to say what to say... it seems ichiena challenges the great spud...

Couch 'tato said...

@ichiena: now how do i argue with soeone who watches a movie solo and solo. as in first u go alone and then there are no other people watchin?

Whitaker is a fab actor...all i can say is get SHIELD season 5

@M.Buff:yeah and the guy is like "haiya i dont owe u si i helped u move?"
how bout when he was taken to jail in paint and had to go for the interview like that

@M.Buff. not yet..but in the preview that guy delivers..haki ebu get shield season 5 to see him in his element

@EGM:that bond that defies odds. i like that contrast tho in kids.
In blood diamonds: even when the son turns against doesnt deter him...while here we have just a cute kid u wanna take care of.

@aegeus: maybe she was the tato-less tato clueless chick ha ha ha

viki said...

Loved The Pursuit of Happyness-was breath of fresh air. Dreamgirls is also worth watching.I really enjoyed it.Have you seen it 'tato?

modoathii said...

i had just started watching in pursuit of happyness but i didn't get too far. it was straight after watching apocalypto...dude. from natives to civilisation. couldn't adjust.

kuna vile, i'll be keeping up with you this year on the movie front (not a resolution, i never make those).

westie said...

since I'v started watching movies again, will go see the will smith one. keep this blog alive my dear and get back to blogging on the other one.

Mitzy said...

Couch, are you waiting for Transformers like I am? July 4th release date! "....more than meets the eye"! Nostalgia galore!

Majonzi said...

been so out of the movie scene,,, lakini Pursuit of Happyness is on my blockbuster mailing list, and they shud be sending that my way ASAP!

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your blogs & i just want to know if you think akina Nu Metro & Fox here will bring the movie '300' to the big screen when it chomokas cause going by the trailers that looks like it will be a fantastic movie.. pole i haven't set up a blog yet but you can call me Brown Boy.

Adrian said...

so pursuit of happyness this weekend. couldn't have put it better than "good for watching at home". came out of the theatre kind of disappointed since nothing really happens in the movie. but for an easy evening chilling at home, it would be good.

in the movie's defence; i had my mind set on blood diamond. unfortunately one of my friends had already seen it, so...

Unyc said...

Announcement! Announcement!

There will be a fundraising meetup for one Couch Tato who has ran out of funds to watch movies hence no updates for us.
Venue: Castle Aegeus
Time: 2500hrs

Come one! Come ALL!!

Note: Food and Drinks not available.

aegeus said...

Unyc, wee! Now what will i do with like 300 people who will show up with kobole contributions? I swear! Ngoja!

Unyc said...

@Aegues Wacha Zako.

Kobole x 300=1500.

1500/250= 6 movies at Kenya Cinema
(Tato no Prestige or junction pliz u r on budget)

By then he'll have got a job as Wealth Distribution Officer (Thief) or Homestead surveillance Officer (watchie)n he'll be ok.

aegeus said...

Unyc, hihihiii! Haiya makanjo! Tato akicome huku, utacharazwa viboko!

Those options are hilarious. There is an opening at the junction near my diggs, he can come hawk movie and series dvds hapo, na carton ya brittania. ROTFL

Klara said...

I love Will Smith & all his movies!!
when is this??Lakini change venue!!

Sue said...

@ unyc good idea.. LOL.. Home surveillance officer..
@ 'tato kwani ni kubaya aje, ati mpaka uanze uhawker??.. Enyewe ukianza uniambie pia mimi nianzishe kangu apo next na wewe... LOL!!

modoathii said...

mazee, couch lipa sitima banaaa. ama you're chick ran off with everything you own...esp, telly na couch?

unyc, haha. enyewe tumchangie doh. even hawking isn't a bad idea, lakini there's chance for better sales kule weyo (nbi west) kwa ma-bar.