My 2014 Movies: Iron Man 3 (2013, on DVD via Netflix); Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, on DVD, home collection); Star Trek Into Darkness (2013, on Blu-ray, home collection); Pacific Rim (2013, on Blu-ray via Redbox)
About a week ago, my three boys had the day off school and my wife had some things she wanted to get out and do, so I figured the timing was right for an Old-Fashioned, All-Burbanked-Boys All-Day Movie Marathon. This dovetailed nicely into catching up on a few things I missed last year, namely Iron Man 3 which had recently arrived from Netflix and Pacific Rim which was perhaps in danger of soon disappearing from my local Redbox.
It all came down, as they say, to this.
The boys and I had a terrifically fun day. I’m not sure how we only made it through four movies when by all rights we should have been able to fit in five or six. I think we probably started too late in the morning and then took too much time later for silly things like bathroom breaks and fixing “food” to “eat”. Even so, all four of those movies are pretty lengthy, with Butch Cassidy being the relative breeziest at 110 minutes. This was the one that I was most gratified that the boys enjoyed it, and got all the humor as well as the sadness; my youngest remarked that he may have liked Butch Cassidy the best of the four - except for the ending (interestingly, in the moments leading up to the movie’s climax, he kept making comments about “how will they fight all those soldiers?” and “they’ll probably find another way out”, seemingly refusing to accept that, well, it might end poorly for the pair. His cinematic worldview, thus far, has been weighted heavily toward Happy Endings Resolve Everything, Always. Until now, I suppose).
Star Trek was still dependable fun, and the two boys who had seen Wrath of Khan were suitably surprised and gleeful at the plot developments. I enjoyed ST better than I did originally, perhaps, although for some reason it stuck out this time that Simon Pegg’s heart doesn’t seem to be in this role like it was the first time around. He does a fine enough job and goes through the paces, but for whatever reason I found him less invested, less interesting on this viewing.
Iron Man 3 was good, obviously better than 2, and absolutely benefited from having someone of a different sensibility like Shane Black in charge. It felt energized somehow; the plot hung together a bit better, although I’d argue that the silliness of Tony’s Magic-Controlled Armor really lacked any logic or rules. It was barely set up, never explained, and then just kind of worked exactly how the plot needed it to. Lazy.
Pacific Rim was definitely the highlight of the day for me. Just such a delightful mixture of fun, color, noise and character. Not too deep but not overly silly, either.
Overall, a pretty excellent movie marathon day!