I had the pleasure of watching this family friendly movie the other day. The premise is cliche, but the addition of these little “Borrowers” makes it a fun time! I say it’s “cliche” because we’ve all seen movies where an evil banker or businessman is trying to evict an innocent family. It’s happened over a dozen times at least, but that’s not what bothers me about this movie. What I have issues with is how easy it is for the Borrowers to find a human ally. It’s apparent that the family’s son is obsessed with the fact that things keep disappearing from the house. He even builds little mouse traps because I guess he must know the Borrowers need some obstacles. That is a little too on the nose, but still not my main issue. Whenever the son does spot and catch a Borrower, they become friends almost instantly. I guess it can be tough for an only child. Anyways, nobody thinks to call… I don’t know, who do you call in that situation? John Goodman calls pest control, which might be evil of him, but at least he’s doing something!
All that aside, there are things I liked about The Borrowers. For instance, the movie doesn’t explain how or why the Borrowers are so small. We just kind of jump right in, but we don’t really need an explanation and I think that’s refreshing compared to many movies today. For example, if this movie was made this year, or even 10 years ago, I bet they’d make up a reason for the Borrower’s condition, no matter how ridiculous it may be (falling into a vat of chemicals, lab testing, genie in a bottle, etc.). An explanation like any of those would have really tied this movie down, but the movie doesn’t care, and it’s better off for it. I had fun with this movie, and I think you will to! Happy Watching!
Side Note: Pre-Harry Potter reunion much? Also, there’s a hair color requirement to be a Borrower (Red). Gingers rejoice!
This roller coaster of a movie is quick out of the gate and does not slow down! At first, that’s not exactly in the film’s favor, but if you can forgive how easily the main character finds the “Death Note”, you’re in for a wild ride! The notebook is connected to a death god, and kills whoever’s name is written inside. It’s a solid concept and it’s actually an adaptation from Japanese comics (manga). I never read the comics, but the movie is very engaging. My biggest issue is that once the main character figures out the powers of this “Death Note” book, he immediately tells his high school crush. Like seriously, the guy has known this girl for maybe a week or two and he goes and tells her about the crazy phenomenon that is the “Death Note”. That’s my main issue, but of course he only tells her so she can betray him later. That wasn’t much of a surprise, but the rest of the movie was very thrilling!
Lakeith Stanfield is someone to watch out for in the coming years. He is a regular on Donald Glover’s show Atlanta and he’s stared in a handful of movies already. His acting is superb and he’s one of the highlights in this dark movie.
This movie seemed oddly appropriate when I put it on the other day. Tarantino gives us a couple different perspectives in this masterpiece and they’re all very inspired. They also come together quite brilliantly later in the movie, but a haunting performance by Christoph Waltz sells me on this movie within the first 15 minutes. It’s hard not to praise this film and it’s directing. I think Tarantino does a terrific job of lingering on scenes for just the right amount of time.
“And once we’re in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin’ guerrilla army, we’re gonna be doin’ one thing and one thing only… Killin’ Nazis.”
This movie was an instant classic and continues to impress on repeat viewings. Spoilers aside, we don’t get villains as ruthless as Javier Bardem’s character in this movie anymore. His performance alone is worth watching, but everyone else in this movie is cast perfectly as well! The Coen brothers, once again, deliver a solid A film. Happy Watching.
I have a soft spot for comedies and this silly movie pulled me in from the get go. Zach Gallifinakis is as lovable as ever and I don’t get tired of watching his character fumble through situations. The entire cast is stacked with comedic power, so what’s not to like? Don’t take this movie too seriously, although it was based on true events. Happy Watching.
“That’s a good GooGoo Cluster!”
Side Note: It’s half the cast from the new Ghostbusters and twice as funny.