Two new movies out this week with very familiar flavor.
About once every 10 years we talk about the movie that "brings back" the R-Rated comedy. Or one that makes an indelable dent on a generation. For 30-somethings, it was the original American Pie. A familiar group of average teens in absurd but still believable stituations. Everyone had a Stiffler (Sean William Scott) in their group of friends. What teenage boy wasn't sex crazy? And every graduating class has the one moment that they can all share, like Jim's dance.
So while American Reunion isn't much more than a simple comedy that echos the series greatness, it is in a way very much like a real high school reunion. Except it has the added element that the audience, in a sense, went to high school with these kids as well. It's a reunion for the characters, actors, and audience. What it lacks in novelty it more than makes up for in good vibes.
The best of the American Pie sequels, American Reunion is worth a trip to the cinema for fans who want to see what happened to these old characters, but it's nothing special. Funny but unoriginal, I give American Reunion a B-.
What could I possibly say about Titanic that hasn't been said before? And, for that matter, who hasn't seen this movie? If you were either unborn or too young in 1997, you're going to find a treat in Titanic. The digital effects which were magnificent upon its original release get a 3D makeover that put you aboard the ill-fated boat.
Still, the story is longwinded and overstuffed, a melodramatic romance with some quizzical choices that have become the butt of many a joke over the last 15 years. But that's what happens when a movie makes a billion dollars and enjoys the longest theatrical run in history.
I admit that I don't care much for Titanic but, being fair, I never really gave it a chance. I never saw it theatrically, first experiencing it on VHS on a 20" TV in my parent's basement with my brother. We were curious what all the hype was about but weren't savvy enough to swing dates at that age (it seemed necessary) and the local theater wasn't playing it, we would have had to go 30 miles to see it.
But that's just me being a curmudgeon. If you like Titanic, here's chance to see it again in the way it was meant to be enjoyed, and you can introduce a whole new generation to the most selfish woman in cinema history.
(Seriously. She tells him she'll never let go and then...let's him go. Then she holds on to this pricesless diamond that she stole for 80 years and throws it into the ocean? COMEON!)