Saturday, December 12, 2009

new moon

I went to the see the second film installment of the Twilight series last weekend and although Edward (played by Robert Pattinson) did not have anywhere near the role he had in the first movie (or book for that matter) I still enjoyed it a great deal as did my brother who hadn't read the books. I know the younger set were thrilled with Taylor Lautner and his six pack abs but he was too young to excite my fantasies. Admittedly, I did like the first movie better, probably because of the tension then romance between Edward and Bella (Kristin Stewart, a little stiff in her acting in my opinion, I would've liked Ellen Page in this role), but the second book isn't about the romance so any complaint I might have is hardly valid. I do like Robert Pattinson as Edward; he does a good job conveying the angst of a vampire who never wanted to be one. And it doesn't hurt that he's a pretty sexy guy - for a young buck.

Meanwhile, on my list of movies to see are The Road, based on a Cormac McCarthy book, Avatar, directed by James Cameron, and Sherlock Holmes with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. which looks like fun. I am a little concerned about Avatar. There's a lot of hype and sometimes  (ok, lots of times) movies don't live up to the expectations. But it is James Cameron and I've yet to meet a movie of his I didn't like.

Further out is Alice and Wonderland, with the inimitable Johnny Depp. I had no interest in seeing him in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, much as I adore him, because for me, the movie I already saw was perfect; I didn't want my image of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka replaced by another. However, I have no good or great image of the Mad Hatter and can't wait to see what Johnny Depp does with the role.

As an afterword, here's a little something from Wikepedia about Gene Wilder:

In 1971, Mel Stuart offered Wilder the lead role in his film adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Wilder was initially hesitant, but finally accepted the role under one condition:

“ When I make my first entrance, I'd like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I'm walking on and stands straight up, by itself… but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.”

When Stuart asked why, Wilder replied, "because from that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth."

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