I couldn\’t play third wheel to Compton and McD\’s date to see Adventureland this Saturday (did Michael Cera turn down the part Jesse Eisenberg took?). But, Iwas able to convince Phil to get out of the house. We wound up catching the last showing of Monsters vs. Aliens.
It’s animation… in 3-D!!
During the Super Bowl party at our place this year, Jen Van Ness supplied everyone with a stash of 3-D spex so we could view the film trailer. But when we arrived at the theater, there were no 3-D glasses to slip on. Pixar has a film on it’s way, too, being hailed as 3-D! Something about an old man who’s house drifts away to adventure because he tied a bunch of balloons to it.
Actually, 3-D refers to the production method – if you\’re watching these films on HD-enabled devices, then man, the detail must be even creepier than seeing it for the first time from a few rows back at a movie theater as we did last night. The characters in Monsters vs Alien, though still lacking in their reality fat (especially the main character Susan Ginormica), now come with some pristine detail, everything from facial blemishes to butt hair. Human butt hair! That the only children in the theater fell asleep through the movie is proof that animated films just aren’t for kids anymore! So go see it. Lots of good prods, Steven Colbert style, since he gets to voice the fearless President of the United States of America.
Also included in the lengthening number of previews that one must sit through before any film these days was the adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. This wasn’t bubbly computer animation, but rather seemed strangely more like the first Neverending Story in its indie-like style and juxtaposing trailer. But after seeing Spike Jonze at the helm, it’s not surprising. Though, that it adheres to the original illustrations, there is probably some nightmare-potential for youngsters checking this one out.
Compton, McD… can I break up date night for this one?