I waited a few days after watching this to let it set in, see if any of my views on it changed. They didn’t, for its genre this was a good movie, and I liked it a lot more than the book (not that it matters in a movie review). Though not an amazing movie by any standards you get out of it as much as you could have possibly hoped for. It is in my opinion the best of all of these “teen post-apocalyptic dystopian book to movie adaptation” movies. When if you think about it for a second is ridiculous we are still somehow getting a new one every few months. Anyway, this is the best of the bunch so far. The world is large, the scope is wide, the action feels nerve racking. Twists and turns everywhere, and most of the characters are solid. The least of which is the chemistry between the two main characters, which should be most important. I still feel weird watching them together. The best of which is Peter played by Miles Teller. Miles steals the screen whenever he is on it with his never-out-of-role acting and supreme confidence, I don’t know if its him or the writer but either way it’s great. I couldn’t get through the third book but this definitely has me excited for the movie!
Blended is the third comedy pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Sadly, Sandler’s movies have gone way WAY downhill since the last pairing, so I didn’t go into this expecting much more than a few cheap laughs. What I didn’t expect is that although there were in fact plenty of cheap laughs, there were just as many earned ones, and I really liked the characters. Sandler wasn’t his obnoxious self we have all gotten used to. Barrymore really carried this movie in parts, and her chemistry with Sandler is as strong as it was all those years ago. A big fault I can find with this movie though is that it has lots of kid’s jokes but just as many adult jokes that are out of place in this movie. I would be wary about watching this with kids, anyone overly intelligent, or my grandparents. Now I’m not stupid, I know this is not an amazing movie and it’s definitely not in my favorites, but it is a fun movie with some surprising emotion. I’d watch it again.