2¢ After Dark, 2¢ Christmas

2¢ After Dark: Spirited

Is anyone truly unredeemable? That’s the question Spirited attempts to answer.

Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds FINALLY star in a movie together where they play the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Scrooge-like Clint respectively in this modern day take on the Classic story, A Christmas Carol.

Present is faced with retirement but pushes it off to go another round at this redeeming business choosing Unredeemable Clint as the next perp in need of redemption. Clint believes nobody can change. Present would like to prove him wrong and in the process do a little more by creating a redemption ripple effect big enough to have a global impact. But it’s hard to convince someone they can change when Present still considers himself Unredeemable even after two centuries of making up for his past. The two guys become unlikely friends and help each other where they need it most and in the end they end up providing each other’s redemption.

Spirited is a beautiful story full of flaws of the unnecessary language variety. Language includes damn, shit, bullshit, bitch, dick, and ass, along with many others. But this time, I did not care. At. All. This movie had something that the language-filled Scrooged did not: heart and soul. Plus a lot of really catchy musical numbers. Good Afternoon is my favorite! It was overflowing with the theme of redemption which is what Christmas is really about: God loving us so much that he sent Jesus to die so that he could redeem us from our sin.

The movie ended in a way I didn’t expect, but that doesn’t mean I loved it any less. It’s one of the most original movies I’ve watched in a long time. You can stream Spirited now on Apple TV. And if it doesn’t come out on DVD, I’ll be wishing Apple a Good Afternoon!


Sing and Bride Wars

Illumination proves it’s more than Minions with Sing, a musical starring humanoid animals. Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is in financial trouble and in danger of losing his theater. He plans a singing competition with a $1,000 cash prize, but thanks to his assistant a couple of extra zeros were added and were blown around the city before it could be fixed. Animals show up in droves to audition, but only a few are left standing including Johnny (Taron Edgerton), Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Gunter (Nick Kroll), Mike (Seth Macfarlane), Ash (Scarlett Johansson), and Meena (Tori Kelly)
After the theater is destroyed, the animals work together to build an outdoor theater so that the show can go on.
People either love or hate this movie. There doesn’t seem to be any in-between. I love it. It feels long and slow at times, but the characters are all interesting and each one has good story that brings them all together. The musical numbers are fun. I didn’t know Scarlett Johansson or Reese Witherspoon could sing. It’s a fun movie worth checking out. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
Buster Moon: When you’ve reached rock bottom, there’s only one way to go, and that’s up!

Due to a mixup, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have their weddings scheduled at their dream location at the same date and time. Neither is willing to change the date and both go to great and hysterical lengths to ruin each other’s wedding.

This one of my favorite movies I’ve seen this year. I never knew I needed to see Chris Pratt and Anne Hathaway play an engaged couple until I watched this movie earlier this year. They should do more movies together. And Steve Howey (Van from Reba) can play a character with a brain. Who knew?
I would’ve rated it higher, but that strip club scene ran a little too long for my liking. Other than that, Bride Wars is funny and really enjoyable.