25 October 2005

DVD OF THE WEEK - BEWITCHED & HOUSE OF WAX


Double Your Pleasure Week!!!

There were certainly alot of movies this summer of TV shows. With "Bewitched" the moviemakers did a smart thing. They did not just redo it as a copying of the old TV series. They made it a movie about a TV series being redone based on the old TV series. That leaves us with "Bewitched" and I am here to tell you it is a fun film.

The magic of the movie is in the introduction of new characters while paying tribute to the original ones. Nicole Kidman was at her prettiest and freshest, along with Will Ferrell at his most manic and funniest. These two stars have genuine chemistry together.

The film is rated PG-13 but it is a mild movie as far as language and situations go.

There are some slow moments in the movie but overall it is a bright romantic comedy that audiences should enjoy. To my surprise I enjoyed it and so did my wife. Ferrell is a talented funnyman but it is Nicole who is the main reason the movie is so delightful. She can twitch her nose at me any time she wants.



Considering that this film is a horror film remake and its "BIG" star is Paris Hilton, House of Wax isn't that bad. It's a cheerfully gratuitous and sadistic little slasher flick that takes the viewer back to the 80’s-style "kill 'em all" genre films that didn't rely on computers or creepy children that most modern horror films seem to rely on. This is just a straight "crazed redneck killer in the woods hunting stupid teenagers" kind of approach. Some of the violence is pretty shocking and will keep you horror enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

While the end is pretty predictable, the order that the kids are picked off is not. Sure, it's got a formula, but it's probably new to kids who haven't seen any of the 80's slasher flicks. As far as this type of film goes, it's got exactly what you'd expect. If you're looking for something a little darker than the last few "horror" flicks you've seen, this one's for you. Otherwise, you can't say you weren't warned.

Some popcorn for thought:

The main reason I wanted to see it is because it had Elisha Cuthbert(A Girl Next Door, 24). She didn't let me down. She wore a wife beater the whole movie.

This is not a film for those who can’t handle horror violence. Most of the characters do get killed and each death is pretty gruesome.

I wanted to see Paris Hilton die early and painfully! I got part of my wish. But Paris got a big thumbs down for her strip tease dancing!

Finally, I got to see this movie in relative peace. My wife slept through the whole thing. THANK GOD FOR NIGHT TIME COUGH MEDICINE!!!

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