Movie Monday – Chipwrecked, Haywire

I am so drained by all the chaos of moving. After a few grueling days last week, we’ve managed to get everything over to the new place. Now we are dodging excess furniture that doesn’t fit anymore, boxes are piled everywhere, and we are desperately trying to make sense of it all. It’s overwhelming and hard to know where to start. We still have to clean up the old place and get a few last odds and ends squared away there, probably over the weekend. I know it will all get sorted out eventually. It’s just going to take some time.

In the midst of all the crazy, we did take breaks last week and watched a couple of movies.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was a fun diversion. I actually wasn’t expecting much. I LOVED the first movie; Alvin and the Chipmunks were one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid and it’s full of nostalgia for me. I wasn’t sure that they could really pull off a third movie but it was pretty good. The beginning on the cruise ship, not so much, but once the chipmunks were marooned on the island it was fun. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re a fan of the ‘munks, because really, it’s not high brow entertainment at all. But it was just what the doctor ordered for us after a hard day of slugging boxes and furniture in 85 degree heat.

Haywire on the other hand was a total dud. I was really disappointed. We had seen previews for it on a recent rental and it looked really interesting. Lots of big names…Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton… It just goes to show, lots of known actors doesn’t necessarily make a movie. The plot was intriguing on the surface: super secret soldier for hire gets set up, seeks revenge. But the sequence of the telling was awkward, the film quality was different and didn’t really work for us, and for a black ops super soldier, the main character wasn’t very super. It got a better rating on IMDb than Chipwrecked but if I had the two to choose from, I’d pick Chipwrecked any day.

We would have loved to see The Avengers this weekend but we were just too busy and too exhausted to deal with the crowds. We’ll definitely see it in the next week or two. I can’t wait!

Simon: We’re talking chipmunks, Dave. We can get out of a cat carrier. Not even hard to do.
~ Alvin and the Chipmunks 

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