How I Saw Every Summer Movie in One Day

Lately I’ve been yearning for someone who gets as excited about movies as I do. The trend seems to be that I get excited about a movie, no one else expresses enthusiasm, and I save it to my Netflix queue for 6 months down the road.

However, I really like seeing movies on the big screen. Perhaps not as much as I used to (there were summers when I’d go every other week), but I still enjoy the experience.

I have a friend in Kansas City who gets as excited about movies as I do, so recently I proposed that we each drive two hours and meet in Columbia, Missouri, which is almost exactly midway between us. So that is exactly what we did yesterday: Drove to Columbia, watched a movie, ate dinner at Shakespeare’s Pizza, watched two more movies, and then drove our separate ways. It was awesome. My eyes got a little tired near the end of the third movie (probably because it was in 3D), but otherwise everything went without a hitch.

Here are quick spoiler-free reviews/reactions of the three movies we saw:

The Karate Kid: Although the movie should have been called “The Kung-Fu Kid,” this movie respects the original while adding new layers of depth that I think actually make it a stronger movie. There’s a scene in this movie about honor that brought me to tears, while I don’t remember the original having that effect on me. The only complaint I have about this movie (the same goes for the original) is that the true bad guy (the teacher) seems to be pure evil for no particular reason. I never buy characters like that–to me, it’s lazy writing.

Get Him to the Greek: This R-rated comedy made me laugh out loud the most of the three movies. Only a few jokes truly missed, and although there are scenes/moments that are more dramatic than funny, it comes together well. I don’t quite understand the point of the movie, as there’s no lesson learned or character arc completed, but I forgive all of that for a scene close to the end that was one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever watched. Let’s just say that it involves drug cocktail, a fight, and a furry wall.

Toy Story 3: This movie had the toughest job because we watched it last, and there were tons of little kids in the theater who wanted to talk to Woody and Buzz during the movie. Despite that, I loved the movie. It mixes themes like letting go, moving on, and loyalty with a roller coaster of a plot, amazing animation, and a horde of memorable characters (my favorites were three stuffed creatures who talked about their jobs as toys as if they were improv actors, adopting different personas and backstories every day). The only misfire in my opinion involves Woody’s stubbornness to stay with Andy even if Andy’s never going to play with him again, which is probably a toy thing that I don’t understand.

Have you seen those movies? What did you think?