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In-Flight Entertainment 7 June 28, 2008

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Reviews, Up and Away.

Just a couple of movies in this installment, from the three-odd hour flight each way to Singapore and back.

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Quite nice, but I honestly expected more. Methinks the trailers led me to believe it would be a laugh-out-loud riot that would be fun for all ages, and instead what I found was a movie that was really geared more towards younger audiences. Which is not a bad thing really — though I didn’t much care for the non sequitur production number at the end. Oh! One thing I kept wondering about throughout the film was what it would’ve been like if Jim Carrey and Steve Carell had exchanged roles.

The Other Boleyn Girl. What a film! Yes, the drama is milked for all it’s worth, but I would say in keeping with the history upon which the story was based. Great performances all around: Natalie Portman was fantastic (and I’m not exactly a fan), Scarlett Johansen superb, and Eric Bana played the part of sexually obsessed English King (though that doesn’t seem like too much of an acting challenge, does it?). Also, is it just me or is Jim Sturgess quietly making his way into nearly every other movie out there? Ultimately, however, what I appreciated the most was that the film had the gravitas I felt was missing from Marie Antoinette, which if you think about is not that dissimilar a movie.



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