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Thursday, February 12, 2004


I've been so bad about putting the minutiae of my life here in my blog I never blogged about the two movies we saw recently.

The first one we saw several weeks ago: Big Fish. It's a Tim Burton film and stars Albert Finney, Jessica Lange and Ewan MacGregor. The story deals with a young man, played by Billy Crudup, coming to terms with the fact that he doesn't really know his father.

Of course, as the movie progresses and his dying father (played by Albert Finney) relates the story of his life to his son's wife, you grow to like this loquacious, tall-tale telling man. Ewan MacGregor plays the young Ed Bloom and does so quite well. It seems like Southern accents are the easiest for Brit actors to carry off but sometimes I can catch their original accent sneaking through. Jude Law in Cold Mountain slipped a few times but ol' Ewan was perfect.

All in all, Big Fish was a funny and touching movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The second movie we saw just a few weeks ago. We were looking for a movie we could take Duncan to as well and the pickings were pretty slim. So we resorted to the $1.50 theaters. Timeline looked to the most promising flick of the bunch. I'd read the book a couple of years ago and wasn't too impressed but decided to give the filmed version a go anyway.

The premise behind Timeline was interesting enough: big company attempting to create a machine to "fax" solid objects accidentally opens a portal to 14th century France. They can only lock on to this one time so in order to discover why, they fund an archaeological dig in the area. The head of the dig eventually becomes suspicous, travels to the US for meetings with the company bigwigs and promptly disappears.

His son and his archaeological crew quite naturally get worried. They travel to New Mexico to the company headquarters and get sucked into the whole time travel thing. The Bill Gatesian head of the company convinces them to travel back in time to rescue the Professor. All are for it except for the one person among them who actually speaks French and their resident techie geek who stays behind to make sure they get back.

What follows is an okay movie. Not a great movie and certainly not one you would want to pay full price for. I don't know why I was surprised. An average and slightly disappointing book makes an average and slightly disappointing movie. Makes sense.

But the movie was made worse with the addition of Paul Walker to the cast. Paul played Chris Johnston, son of Professor Johnston (played by the wonderful Billy Connolly). What the heck were they thinking? Paul Walker couldn't act his way out of a paper bag? I swear to you after just about every utterance from his character I could hear "Dude" being added to the end. Every sentence out of this kid's mouth is delivered with as much gravity as a blond pretty boy from California can muster, which is to say not too damn much. I know this guy is good looking but does that automatically translate into acting ability? Of course not. And it's incredibly evident with Paul Walker.

Now for some male eye-candy who could act: Gerard Butler. He plays the archaeologist who stays behind in the 14th century and he was so very nice to watch. And to listen to--lovely Scottish accent. Move over Paul Walker, Gerard Butler can act rings around you and he's purtier to boot.

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