I really enjoyed this movie a lot more than Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Probably because I knew nothing of the Prince Caspian story where as I had watched the old BBC version of LWW and thought they really didn’t improve upon that in the movie, except to make it prettier. Yes, it’s very Lord-of-the-Rings-esque in it’s themes of the true king taking back the throne and uniting the land. (Yes, I know Lewis and Tolkien were BFFs). Also, Eddie Izzard as the swashbuckling mouse? Yeah, it’s hard for me not to be into this movie. Even at 2 1/2 hours long, this was really fun to watch. I didn’t expect to watch it all in one sitting but I was so drawn into the story that I didn’t notice. The only clunky part was the Aslan storyline, which felt sorta forced, especially with how he defeats the baddies (totally ripped off Arwen hehe). I’m sure fans of the books will be happy it was included but he doesn’t do anything for me.
Hancock was a very odd movie. It starts out as a somewhat light superhero movie about a man with powers who has let himself go – drinking, crashing into stuff, and just generally being an “asshole”. Then halfway through there is a plot twist that you sort of see coming but at the same time you go “wtf?” because it totally changes the movie. I think this movie would have worked better had the tone remained light throughout or if it had been a little darker from the start. It feels uneven in its current state. But with stars like Will Smith, Jason Bateman, and Charlize Theron, it’s hard not to want to watch this movie. If you’re fans of these three actors, it’s enjoyable enough, but I doubt you’ll want to go back for a repeat viewing. Rent it.