At the risk of copying my good friend Renee over at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot, I have a couple of movie reviews for you! (Hope that's OK, Renee!) I really enjoyed one of these movies especially, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you! =)
Here's a description from Amazon.com: "Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as an undercover cop posing as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a dangerous criminal. Once he wrangles his young charges, as well as the affections of a beautiful teacher (Penelope Ann Miller), he prepares for a final showdown with his intended prey in this "Totally enjoyable" (Ralph Novak, People Magazine) action-comedy from director Ivan Reitman."
The current "governator" of California can be rather fun to watch in movies! I enjoyed his performance in this movie, and there were certainly some cute parts in the story. (The movie focuses a lot, after all, on a kindergarten class!) However, there were a lot of parts in this movie that I didn't like. For example, the movie includes language, violence, and some crude references. There is also a "bedroom" scene, where Schwarzenegger walks in on his work partner and her fiancee. Nothing is really shown, but it's still an awkward and rather inappropriate moment.
Overall, while there were some funny lines and a sweet romance within this movie (and I thought the principal was hilarious!), I just didn't really get into it and was turned off by some of the more negative aspects of the movie. I can't say for sure how each one of you would enjoy it, but I would recommend it only for adults who are looking for an interesting escape with a little bit of comedy.
Kate & Leopold
Here's a description from Amazon.com: "Meg Ryan (YOU'VE GOT MAIL) and Hugh Jackman (X-MEN) are paired as star-crossed lovers who discover that passion and chivalry never go out of style! When a rip in time brings together a charming 19th century bachelor and a thoroughly 21st century woman, the potential for an old-fashioned modern romance ignites! Also starring Breckin Meyer (ROAD TRIP) and Liev Schreiber (SCREAM 3)."
I loved this movie! This is one cute romantic comedy--full of charm and great characters! I was intrigued by the concepts of time, and I was delighted by the manners and kindness of Leopold. It raises the questions: Why did chivalry have to die? And how can we bring it back? Please tell me! =)
While there are many humorous moments throughout the movie, especially imagining what it would be like for someone from the past to actually experience the modern world, there were also some great concepts and messages touched on during the story. For example, the definition of integrity and its importance is addressed, and it really reminded me of how many ways there are to sidestep the truth. How important it is to remain in God's Word and evaluate every decision we make!
And another message of the movie deals with the desires of our hearts. Do we work at what we love, or do we settle for a job that will simply provide money but not fulfillment? We all have a purpose, and this idea reminds me of a well-known quote which says, "Don't spend so much time making a living that you forget to make a life." This life is so short, and what really matters is what is done for God's eternal glory.
From thoughts on "the pretzel of time" and how inconceivable it is, to the simple beauty of a timeless romance story, I found myself enthralled with this movie! Several characters really captured my heart, and I enjoyed time-traveling with them. I must say that there is some language in this movie, as well as scenes with people drinking alcohol, but other than that it was great and I really recommend it for all you romantics-at-heart out there! Both deep and witty, I think this is a movie worth watching again and again!
~Click HERE to see Kindergarten Cop on Amazon.com, and click HERE to see Kate & Leopold on Amazon.com.~