Short Reviews: Taking Woodstock, Night at the Museum 2, Paper Heart

Taking Woodstock | Ang Lee, 2009

This movie had a lot of potential and I was sort of looking forward to it despite Ang Lee’s knack to pick sub par scripts to work with. This did not change that pattern but his direction still could not save it.

The only member of the cast that comes out unharmed is Liev Shriver, who seemed to have a lot of fun with his role. Imelda Staunton could have given an Oscar-worthy performance but the character is horribly written and she went so over the top that I could not help but cringe every time she was on screen. A disappointment.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian | Shawn Levy, 2009

This sequel suffers from the “bigger is better” syndrome. The first one, although not perfect was fun and sometimes smart movie about a museum coming to life at night and the night guard who must learn to deal with them.

The sequel takes the story to the mother of all museums: The Smithsonian. This means that every thing in every building comes to life at night and chaos ensues. This time, Ben Stiller has only one night to put things back in order otherwise…I don’t know…the world will end?

This sequel, as well as Transformers 2 prove that bigger is not better if you don’t have a story to tell. At least it had Amy Adams, who is the best things about this and should have played Amelia Earhart in the movie dedicated to said character.

Paper Heart | Nicholas Jasenovec, 2009

The basic set up of the story is that Charlene Yi doesn’t believe in love and she goes around the country to make a docuementary about love. Then one nigh she meets Michael Cera and falls for him (this part is scripted), but the documentary crew keeps getting on the way.

I enjoyed the parts where it was like an actual documentary. The stories were cute and the way they are illustrated with paper puppets was clever. Even some of the stories made me get teary eyed, but at some point the scripted part of the story takes over that drags the whole movie down to the point where I can’t actually call it a good movie.

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