We had a busy weekend - I went out two nights in a row and made it to our friends' St. Patty's Day party Saturday evening!! - so we didn't have a lot of movie time but fit in two DVDs:
- Friday night, after our lovely dinner out, Ken and I watched Amelie, a French movie (with subtitles) I've wanted to see for years. It was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and lauded as The Feel Good Movie of the Year (2001). It's the sweet and funny story of a young woman, Amelie, who is the product of two very strange parents and an isolated childhood. She's living on her own in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris (I got out my photo album of my high school trip to France after the movie!) and is searching to find both herself and love. Partway through the movie, Ken said, "Did the box say this movie was "quirky"?" Yes, both Amelie and the movie are quirky, but they're also full of humor and fun. It was a nice light-hearted change from some of the more serious movies we've seen lately.
- With the kids this weekend, we watched Get Smart, the recent big screen adaptation of the classic TV show. We all enjoyed this funny, action-filled movie starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, and Dwayne Johnson. The kids have never seen the original Get Smart, but Ken and I enjoyed this remake which stuck closely to the spirit of the original. In fact, Anne Hathaway played a perfect Agent 99, very reminiscent of her predecessor. Jamie said he wants a copy of Get Smart for our own DVD collection - he says it will be perfect for cheering him up on sick days!