Express reviews (2)

More movies! This time, it's films I watched either on DVD or on TV.

The Lovely Bones

Susie Salmon is murdered by her neighbour. He hides her body, so it is unclear whether she ran away from home or something worse happened to her. Her soul stays in a sort of onirical limbo because her family, especially her father, have not accepted the fact that she could be dead, and from there she narrates how their lives have changed after her disappearance.

Although Peter Jackson's rendering of limbo is very colorful and magical and contrasts with a real world that looks a bit more gray, if you're not paying attention to the details or you don't know what the story is about beforehand, the whole show-don't-tell can be a bit confusing. Actually, I have the feeling that the whole limbo part is explained better in the book this movie is based on (I guess I'll have to read it if I want to compare). However, the movie works as a dramatic thriller.

The Dictator

General Aladeen, dictator of Wadiya, travels to New York to speak in the UN headquarters as his country's development of nuclear weapons would eventually lead to war. He gets kidnapped and is forced to live as a regular citizen while trying to avoid that his brother takes control over his country and allowing democracy.

As insulting as this movie is to all sorts of communities all over the world, at least all the people that act in the film are actors and no-one is actually trolled like in Sacha Baron Cohen's previous mockumentaries (and it's very obvious this time that everything is scripted). It could have been a lot worse.

Did you hear about the Morgans?

Meryl and Paul Morgan are about to get a divorce when they witness a murder and they are put in the witness protection program, which sends them from New York to a small town in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming. 

I knew this movie was going to be bad when I saw the trailer in the theater back in 2009 (I mean, look at the cast and look at that poster), but they aired it on TV this past summer and I had nothing better to do than torture myself with this thing. How did this get green-lighted? Who thought the script was funny? Whatever did Brits do to the writers to have Hugh Grant speak such bad puns and hitlines? Can Sarah Jessica Parker stop being Carrie Bradshaw in post-Sex and the City movies? There you have it, a waste of two hours of my life.


Ted is a teddy bear that comes to life when John, his owner, makes a wish that they will be friends forever. Ted and John grow up together, the teddy bear becoming a sort of celebrity on his own, and he becomes unable to accept that John might want to add his fiancee to the equation, which means that Ted needs to learn to live appart from John.

I watched this film with Andi and we expected something funny, along the lines of a longer episode of Family Guy or something like that. We couldn't finish it because less than an hour into the movie we were bored and disappointed. I guess that says it all.