Family Movie Night

I realize I do not always talk about movies I have seen recently in the theaters.

Truthfully, I do not get out to see enough movies as far as I am concerned. However, this past week our 4H group had a pizza and movie night.  

James McAvoy and Emily Blunt in Gnomeo and Juliet, picture from

We went to see Gnomeo and Juliet. This delightful bit of animation had the 3D thing going on and was totally UNNEEDED. Added nothing to the experience. But what really made the experience wonderful was the use of Elton John/Bernie Taupin songs as incidental music and full length cuts.

The story is essentially Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare with gnomes, those adorable garden figures. Not that I have any in my yard but that is another story for another day. The rivalry occurs between Blue gnomes (Gnomeo) and the Red gnomes (Juliet).

Emily Blunt was wonderful as Juliet. But I really loved James McAvoy as Gnomeo. He had the right amount of everything to make it work. But then again, I have enjoyed McAvoy’s work for sometime now.

As Mr. Tumnus in "Narnia," picture from

We first saw him as Mr. Tumnus in the first Narnia movie in 2005. Then he turned head around the world with his role in The Last King of Scotland (2006). We also saw him as the young man who woos Christina Ricci in Penelope (2006). Suddenly, McAvoy was everywhere. He was Robbie in Atonement (2007) with Kiera Knightly, Tom LeFroy in Becoming Jane (2007) with Anne Hathaway, Wesley in Wanted (2008) with Angelina Jolie.

As Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class," picture from

How could you not fall in love with him with those blue eyes and intensity of character? This spring he will play Charles Xavier in the latest X-Men movie and I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! I have already watched trailer and I get thrilled watching him and Michael Fassbender as the two men who will be leaders in the mutant world.

It is amazing watching him in a minute’s worth of film, it is amazing watching in a full length feature. I have watched him pull out romantic scenes as well as intense anger or fear. And if I hear that McAvoy is going to be in a movie, I want to see it because he makes it worth my time to watch.

James McAvoy in "Wanted," picture from

So plan a McAvoy marathon. You can go with romantic, action or serious movie themes. I guarantee, you are not going to be disappointed. 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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