On our weekend away, Heidi and I rented three movies. We each got to choose one and then we found one that we both wanted to see. The results were great, awful, and decent.
The movie I chose was the Fantastic Four. It was a decent, big budget, comic book movie. Neither great nor terrible, it was what we thought it would be.
Heidi chose Friends With Money. It was billed as a comedy/chick flick starring Jennifer Aniston. As a comedy, it was the anti-funny. (That means that not only was it not funny, it sucked the joy out of us.) We both hated this movie with a passion. Please trust us that this is one of the worst films ever made. Please do not be like a former roommate of mine that, after hearing how awful The Thin Red Line was, went out and rented it. Unless you like amoral rich women giving obscenity laced speeches about how lousy their lives are, do not rent this movie.
The movie that we chose together was United 93. I cannot heap enough praise on this movie and both Heidi and I agreed that it is a “must see” film. (There are only a few “must see” films. Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan are examples.) The movie focused on two hours of September 11, in real time. It was neither political nor sensational and it was respectful and gripping. This is not a movie for children, but should be seen by everyone else. This is an important and powerful movie.