Peeps’ Movie Reviews: “Melancholia”, “Young Adult” & “In Time”

With very warm temperatures keeping some of you indoors and with increasing chances of showers and storms this week, you might want to catch a few movies now out on DVD.  I checked out a few and I offer my reviews in case you’ve been thinking of renting them.

“Melancholia”

In this science fiction movie, a rogue planet is on a collision course with Earth.  Some scientists predict it will come close and then veer out to space.

At the same time, a depressed woman played by the amazing Kirsten Dunst is getting married to “True Blood” Swedish stud Alexander Skarsgard.  The movie also stars Kiefer Sutherland and the incredible Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Don’t let the first few minutes of the movie throw you off, it’s weird.  This is a great movie as you watch and wait to see if the world will end if the planet crashes into Earth!

GRADE:  B-

“Young Adult”

Academy Award winner Charlize Theron is so much fun to watch in this movie about a writer that has hit the skids in her life after being very successful in high school.  Her days are now spent boozing it up and trying to fight writer’s block.

Since there’s nothing going on in her life, she keeps thinking of her high school beau, Buddy, and she travels back to her small hometown in Minnesota to take back her old boyfriend.  It doesn’t matter that he’s married and has a new baby.

The movie definitely has some funny points, but when Theron’s character faces the fact that she is an alcoholic, it does take a darker turn.

GRADE:  B

“In Time”

Last tear, the $40 million flick grossed $166.5 and stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia”), Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer (“I Am Number Four”) and Vincent Kartheiser “(Mad Men”).

In the future, you don’t live your life by paying in money, you pay “in time”.  And, when your life “bank account” hit zero, you’re not broke, you’re dead.

In the movie, you stop aging at 25 and that’s how you’ll look for the rest of your short life.  You’re given one “free” year to live and work and earn more “time”.  Like money, some are born into time and some don’t have any time.  Like our present day life, most people live paycheck to paycheck and hope they have enough “time” to make it to the next week to earn more “time”.  Some that are wealthy waste “time” and don’t give it another time.

“In Time” is a combination of “Robin Hood” and “Bonnie Clyde”.

I could just see the casting call for the movie:  Hollywood actors and actress that look 25, please apply.

GRADE:  B

Peeps

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