May 05, 2006

Pulchritudinous cinema

I just finished watching Love Actually. That movie just makes me feel all warm and squishy inside. In a good way! Sheer fun, totally predictable, yet a delight. (Not to mention it contains my gorgeous English husband, Colin Firth.)

This film reminded me of another movie which ScottE and I saw last weekend that was along the same lines. You knew exactly where it was going from the beginning, but the journey was a joy, and we felt tremendous by the end!

Rather than go see another mindless blockbuster starring a Scientologist freak, I strongly recommend you go see Akeelah and the Bee this weekend.

Who knew spelling bees could be so exciting? Yet we were riveted.

The lead actress is young Keke Palmer, and she just shines. She's up against some very strong actors - Ike & Tina Turner! OK, not really them, but Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.

(Have I mentioned that Angela tops my list of "Women I'd Switch For"? Smack me around, girl!)

The movie also has a real scene-stealer in J.R. Villarreal, who plays Akeelah's new friend Javier. He's just hilarious.

And I don't know if any of my readers have children, but if you do, this is the movie to take them to!


ScottE. said...

it was soo good....i'm soo happy we saw it. made me tear a few times...i knew it was coming from the first minutes of the film, but it was very well done. Keke is great and I can't wait to see her in more movies.

And stick around for the closing credits...the theme song...almost makes you wish for Celine! It's THAT bad...which is a shame, because the music is good...the lyrics...oy!

Stef said...

It does seem appealing. I admit I am intrigued by anything Angela Bassett is in.

Moni said...

I'd switch for Angela B. too and I'm a female! LOL! Thanks for the laughs!

Dancer in DC said...

LOL - welcome to my unofficial AB obsession club, Moni. And welcome to my blog!