For the first time since 2001 (with the release of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and The Others), Katie and I saw a "double feature," per se, at the movies. We went with my brother and future SiL to see a deuce of films last night. Actually, it wasn't intended to be a double feature. Our initial plan was to just see The Da Vinci Code, and we did just that.
How was Da Vinci? Meh. Sorry, that wasn't entirely fair. It was an okay movie and it might've been better if we had never read the book before in our lives. Emphasis on "might."
On second thought, even as a standalone flick, it was only remotely decent, at best. The plot was convoluted and really lacking in clarity and believability. And, damn if it wasn't boooooring. Sorry to burst your bubble if you're planning on seeing it. But I was having a lot of trouble staying interested. Oh, and for the record, I agree with Brandon's take on the film vs. book interpretations of the character of Sophie Neveu. Actually, we all did. It became one of our major points of discussion.
After we left the theater, we stood outside debating the "finer points" of the film. We were standing out there for well over 15 minutes discussing it in the hallway. That's when we all decided we needed to make up for this experience and discovered that there was a showing of Over the Hedge in about 20 minutes.
Now Hedge was a great movie! This was easily one of the best animated films I've seen in years. Hell, it was one of the best comedic films, period, that I've seen in years. I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard at a movie. The characters were well developed, well voiced, and there wasn't a single scene that wasn't completely engaging and entertaining throughout the movie.
It was also some of the best computer animation I have ever seen. This is the first time that I have truly seen a film from another studio that can compare to the quality of animation that comes from Pixar. The only outside film, prior to this, that could compare to Pixar films was Shrek, and Hedge even put that to shame.
Prior to seeing it, I wasn't sure how I felt about Bruce Willis being in the starring role; but, after actually seeing (well, "hearing") him, he was brilliant. His voice has such character and he brought R.J. the Raccoon to life. But the best was Steve Carell, of The Office, as Hammy the Squirrel.
If you can see only one movie this summer, so far, let it be Over the Hedge.
Okay, there's my big film recommendation.
Enjoy... I'm off to open the gym.