"The Nut Job": Adult Review of a Kid Movie

I gotta admit, I am not one to watch kid movies. I think the last cartoon movie I saw in the theaters was "The Lion King", so that should tell you something. When I first saw the preview for "The Nut Job", I laughed out loud (aka "LOL" to all you hipsters out there) and thought the movie looked really funny. To my pleasant surprise, I received a phone call a few days ago from my bestie saying that all she wants for her birthday is to go see this movie. I told her I'd be more than happy to go with her and tonight, we did just that.

The movie is about a nut heist. Think Goodfellas meets cartoon squirrels but is made for kids (no violence, etc) The movie was super cute, very funny and had some good messages in it for the kiddies to learn, such as don't be selfish, learn to share, be there for the people that are always there for you, etc. The humor was excellent for both kids & adults, which I always love.

So if you're the lucky aunt or uncle that has a niece or nephew that is begging to go see a movie with you, this would be the one to see. Whatever you do, please do not bring kids to the movie if you have no control over them, like the woman near me constantly saying "SHH!!!" every 3 seconds for 2 hours as your 5 kids shout at the top of their lungs. For the love of God...

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars, only because the humor started to dwindle towards the end.

TIP: Stay for the credits. The kids will love it. ;)

"Lone Survivor": A Non-Spoiler Review

Last night, I went and saw the movie "Lone Survivor". When I first saw the previews for it, I knew it would be one of those rare films that would be shocking, amazing, and perhaps a little bit traumatizing. I was right.

Based on a true story, Mark Wahlberg plays the role of real-life Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell. The story is about 4 Navy SEALS that go on a mission (named "Operation Red Wings") in Afghanistan to capture or kill Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah, and are met with a dilemma when 3 goat herders (1 elderly man, 2 young boys) find the SEAL team hiding. They have to decide to either kill them or let them go. With their communication devices failing, they cannot contact their superiors to ask them how to proceed. The team end up making a decision based on "Rules of Engagement", which then sparks a fight between the 4 of them & the Taliban.

Movie Facts: The 4 main actors had 3 weeks of military training to prepare them for their roles. Also, Navy SEALS veterans were on-set as technical advisers. Stunt men for the film were injured from jumping off of cliffs and down a 60 degree hillside. Some of the injuries included a punctured lung, concussions, and a broken rib. 

The movie gives you a sense that you are there with the 4 SEALS in the action, thinking of what to do, how to survive, where to hide, and will you make you wonder what you would be doing if you were there. It's a very powerful & emotional film. A film that will make you proud to be an American, proud of our men & women in the service and what they go through, even if it's not being shown on the national news.

While the movie is based on true story, there a few differences. For example, Mark Wahlberg's character is seen limping in one scene to find water and shelter. In reality, Marcus had to crawl seven miles because he was paralyzed from the waist down.

This is definitely a movie worth seeing. I can't wait to see it again, but will wait until it's on DVD simply because I don't know if I can handle crying at the theater again. (It takes a lot for me to cry, so that should tell you something.) 

I give this movie a 5 out of 5 stars.

Here's a tip, bring kleenex.
You too, fellas. 

Mark Wahlberg & Marcus Luttrell: