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Monday Movies: Good enough

The Girlfriend and I went to the movies for the first time in a while this week. Inspired by A. O. Scott’s column this weekend about how most movie-goers are going to the movies for the sake of going to the movies and just want something “good enough,” we settled on a workable compromise in an uninspiring field: Red, the story of retired spies who suddenly find themselves the targets of a mysterious hit.

I enjoyed it exactly as much as I thought I would, though I was disappointed that they underused Helen Mirren. I also thought that the Mary Lousie Parker character served an interesting role — not just the “everywoman” point of identification for the audience, but rather the actual presence of the audience within the movie. Psychologically she’s completely unbelievable, but she basically figures out that she’s in an “invincible badass”-style movie and decides it’s awesome and wants to take advantage of it to the fullest possible extent.

We also rounded out my brief Albert Brooks phase with Lost in America, a not very good movie that was, nonetheless, at least watchable.

Hence the subtitle: this was the weekend of “good enough.” How was your movie-viewing week, audience? I bet at least one of you has been watching some hardcore Japanese cinema!

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November 22, 2010 Posted by | Monday Movies | 15 Comments