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Due Date


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I really couldn’t say that I fell in love with the movie from the very start. Though Due Date (Warner Bros.) has a good and simple plot, and achieving a typical “odd couple” for the journey was set. I guess the “complications” along the way was a tad bit too stretchy for me. Don’t get me wrong, the acting was great but it’s a bit too shallow and somewhat forgettable, though still entertaining. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Peter Highman; Zach Galifianakis plays Ethan Tremblay and/or Ethan Chase; Michelle Monaghan plays Sarah Highman; and Jaime Foxx plays Darryl. There was also a scene with Danny McBride who plays a disabled Western Union employee and he is so hilarious.

I did have some issues on how Zach Galifianakis played his role. It was second guessing is he was gay in the movie on the basis of his mannerisms, like the way he walked or the way he handles his dog. Not that there’s really something wrong with his character but it wasn’t really clear and precise so it tends to be speculated and until the end of the movie, I was still wondering.

I also had a problem with the gun shooting scene. The thing that I don’t get is that Zach’s role is not retarded or lacks some common sense, though clumsy most of the time, but to accidentally shoot Robert was a bit desperate. I guess that’s how simple the storyline is that they need obstacles like this to stretch the movie a bit. It was an intense scene when both Ethan (Zach) and Peter (Robert) started doubting the paternity of the unborn child of Sarah (Michelle) in connection with Darryl (Jaime) and it will only be answered and clarified once the baby was borne. It kept you guessing and second guessing until they reached the hospital where Michelle was giving birth.

But one thing I did appreciate is the unfound friendship that was borne between them all throughout the journey. A true “odd couple” plot. There were intense scenes where they either despise, resent, and hate each other or empathize, understand, and appreciate each other.

Overall, I still do recommend this movie for those who just want to be entertained with no expectations of the movie or even the characters. The lessons of the movie is also worthwhile and basically you can meet new friends in the oddest of places – they did.

Megamind

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I must admit that I was surprised in a way on how the story of Megamind (Dreamworks) would appear of the big screen. The trailers and teasers would be enough to entice you to watch but it’s such a revelation on how the story progressed and ends. This is one movie that has it’s own twists and turns which keep you in tuned and glued to your seat.

The actors and their voices were perfectly cast for this movie. The voices are very distinct and it’s easily recognizable. Will Ferrel as Megamind, Tina Fey as Roxanne Ritchie, David Cross as Minion (a cute character I must say), Johan Hill as Hal Stewart and Tighten, Brad Pitt as Metro Man, and Ben Stiller as Bernard. It’s not only a delight on how the actors do complement the characters but the storyline is very amusing and it will keep you guessing until it unfolds itself in the end.

Megamind’s character, as a super villain, is something that will grow on you. It leaves me in awe and wanting to get a stuff toy for myself. For a villain, I rarely find them amusing (who does?) but the way his character was formed and explained, it all made sense why he is that way and the more you get to know him, the more you not only understand but somehow appreciate him as well.

Lastly, this is one movie that although offers 3D version of the movie, it certainly didn’t add great value for money. I watched it in regular 2D format and it’s awesome all by itself without paying double for something that you have to wear the whole entire movie. Sometimes, it makes me wonder and question what movies are best suited for the 3D format.

A very highly recommended movie for the whole family with very valuable lessons that some evil has the potential to be good after all. For those who watched it, you know what I’m talking about and for those who haven’t — what the hell are you waiting for?

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