The holiday season is always my favorite time of year, but not just because of the decorations and the food. The movies are always so good! Over the break, I tried to squeeze in as many screenings as possible. Here are my favorites.
I can’t even begin to put down in words what this movie was for me. I’ve had a long-term love affair with the stage production, so this was the ultimate. When I first heard that a movie was being made, I had such mixed feelings. Would they cast it right? Would the story be changed? Would plot lines be removed? Then Taylor Swift was in talks to be cast and I gave up all hope. But alas! The cast was finalized PERFECTLY. Just the right amount of star power mixed with unknowns, some of whom had starred in the stage production of Les Mis at one point or another. Regardless of if you’ve seen the musical or not or if musicals are your thing or not, see this movie. It’s a great story with beautiful, heartfelt messages. It is well-acted, well-sung...everything. The costumes and the sets are stunning, as well. Hugh Jackman needs to win an Oscar. Anne Hathaway needs to win an Oscar. I know I’m not saying anything you haven’t already heard about the movie, but it really cannot be said enough. I audibly sobbed multiple times in the theater. Yes, it is a lengthy movie at two hours and forty minutes, but it’s more than worth it.
Plus, regardless of how good the movie was, it gave the world this:
THIS IS 40:
If you saw Knocked Up, you’re already familiar with the movie’s main characters, who were Katherine Heigl’s sister and brother-in-law. Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd play a dysfunctional married couple struggling with their impending 40th birthdays in different ways. The movie is hilarious, but it’s also very honest and sometimes a little depressing-a balance that writer/director Judd Apatow has perfected. It’s raunchy at times, but also sincere and heartfelt. It’s not exactly a family holiday movie, but the holidays are over so go see it with your friends! Maude Apatow, who plays the couple’s older daughter, steals the movie. She is so talented and definitely inherited her parents’ funny bones (she is the real life daughter of Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow). Stay past the credits, too! There’s a hilarious outtake from the wonderful Melissa McCarthy.