A “Mom” Movie

  It’s Complicated stars Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as a rich divorced couple with grown kids who after 10 years of separation have an affair with each other that seems wonderful but inevitably complicates their lives. I usually can’t stand these stupid romantic comedies, and had I gone to a theatre to see this one, I would have walked out after the first 30 minutes. It was like watching that inane Sally Field and Ally McBeal show where they all sit around the supper table in their beautiful house and share their self-centred shallow thoughts with each other. A couple scenes of Meryl Streep gabbing with her girlfriends should have been cut from the movie. Those were the worst. But anyway, as much as I hated everyone in the movie for the first half hour, once the story got going and Alec Baldwin had a chance to be Alec Baldwin, it was fun because he’s funny. So as a rental, or a movie you can watch while doing something else, it’s fine. It’s entertaining. And it’s a “Mom” movie. My mother-in-law would enjoy it.

Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox last night. It’s a stop-motion movie based on the book by Roald Dahl and directed by Wes Anderson and is therefore appropriately weird and difficult to pin down.

Anderson’s attention to detail is too much to take in. A second viewing might be necessary to fully appreciate what the hell’s going on. I recently re-watched Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums and enjoyed them more the second time around, especially The Royal Tenenbaums. His movies seem designed for multiple viewings. I plan to watch Rushmore and The Dargeeling Limited this weekend.

Anyone familiar with his movies?