Monday, March 10, 2008


It's been nearly a month since I posted. Sorry about that. Since nobody really reads this thing, I don't suppose anyone missed my musings. But here we go anyway.

I saw "Be Kind, Rewind" this Friday. Directed by Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "The Science of Sleep"), and starring Jack Black and Mos Def, it's a quirky comedy about a Passaic, NJ neighborhood store. In typical Gondry fashion, the laughs are doled out with a healthy dose of heart, but not in the corny, Renee Zellwegger eye-scrunching way. Jack Black becomes magnetized, accidentally erasing all of the VHS tapes the store rents to neighbors. The store's owner (Danny Glover) is away, trying to learn how to modernize his operation. He left Mos Def in charge, and now he and Black have to figure out how to keep things afloat. When Glover's friend wants to rent "Ghostbusters," they decide to refilm the movie themselves, to hilarious effect. One after another, they recreate popular movies, getting new fans along the way. The story moves on, but that's the gist of it.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie. I was hoping for more laughs. The ones they delivered were great and unexpected, but Gondry focused a lot on the plot. That's understandable, and I think that it worked. I always enjoy Jack Black and Mos Def, and I think their personalities mesh really well. Overall, I give this movie remakes of Die Hards 1-3.


Libby said...

Dan and I missed your musings. ;)

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