I was getting my typical Christmas Bah Humbugs... It really didn't help that there was no power at work on Monday, since that meant it was harder to do what I needed to get done at home. (better connection, software, etc. at work.) It was mostly done, all but an e-letter to configure and send and I told the project manager that I thought I could get it out on Tuesday. We had the day off, but I was already behind, so I didn't mind doing a bit extra. I finished my part and sent the preview out, was just waiting on any correction. So I decided to check the movie times at the Framingham multiplex.
I saw that Enchanted had at 4:35 showing (and no more last night). I missed seeing it with the group when I stayed in NY over Thanksgiving. Several said that they would want to see it again, but they were busy with family Christmas gatherings. I called the Lewises who were considering seeing it, but Suford told me that Alice thought it would be "embarrassment humor" and they weren't interested afterall. But I decided that I really should go out to see it anyway.
The theater was crowded and the earlier showing had sold out, but I got my ticket, something to eat (since I skipped lunch) and was able to get a pretty good seat. It turned out the row behind me had a family and even I was tall enough to be in the way of the little girl, so I shifted a seat and put my jacket next to me. However, right before the movie started, a couple chose that seat and the one next to it to sit down (there were not many seats remaining.) The guy was pretty tall and I could tell that the little girl was upset, so I told him that there was a small child behind him. He ended up slumping in his chair for the entire movie!
I really enjoyed the movie, especially since I was familiar with many of the NYC scenes (but not Andalasia...) There was the typical geography problems that movies have. Riverside & Broadway are two blocks apart at 116th, but the apartment was at one, a restaurant at another, and a visual scene looked like they were across an intersection. But I was also questioning why Robert & Morgan were in a cab in the Bowery when he works in midtown and their apartment is Upper West Side... But I suppose that the Bowery was a better scene to place a misplaced fairy tale princess than Harlem...
Ever since Times Square got Disneyfied, it seemed too touristry. I'm glad that it didn't get worse (except for the enchanted manhole cover that was used as the entrance to our world.)
It was very enjoyable, if a bit too sugary. But I expected that. And Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy) does reluctant romantic very well.
I was in the mood to see one more movie, so I went back to the box office to decide what to see next...
There were lots of different choices I am Legend, Golden Compass, The Water Horse, Sweeney Todd, National Treasure (and in the premium Theater), but I felt like seeing another romance/chick-flick, so I decided on P.S. I Love You. It was a real tear-jerker. Hillary Swank plays a young widow. Some of the movie takes place the year after her husband died, and some in flashbacks. Gerry knew he was dying, so he prepared letters, gifts and suprises to arrive for her and help her transition to life without him. Sometimes she became too dependant on them, at other times they did help her find herself.
The supporting cast was very good, many from popular TV shows (Lisa Kudrow searching for Mr. Right), James Masters as the (American dark haired) husband of another friend (there is a cute Buffy reference in the movie), Jeffrey Morgan (Denny Duquette from Grey's) as a new Irish love interest, and Harry Connick, Jr as a guy with a mental disability that causes him to be rude (but he has pills for that!)
The movie was predictable, but upbeat as well as sad. Both movies also shared NYC scenes, Columbus Circle for one!