Last week, I had an “explosion” of entertainment. I saw not one, but two movies, and I went to a Broadway show.
Entertainment number 1. A movie. Argo
I really enjoyed this movie! I was in fourth/fifth grade when the Americans were taken hostage in Iran, and have very vague memories of being aware of this as a child (I remember we had to watch Reagan’s inauguration at school, and know that’s when the hostages were released, so maybe that was part of what I watched). It was interesting to see this story play out again, and remember back to what I understood then. I remember the “Thank You, Canada” signs and bumper stickers from when I was a kid, but again, only had a vague idea that the Canadians had helped some hostages escape. But, my favorite bit of nostalgia from the movie might have been when the main character’s son is featured and he has Star Wars sheets on his bed. My brother had those same sheets! If only we’d kept them!
Entertainment number 2. A Broadway Play. The Heiress
A few months ago, I was flipping through a magazine that had a short feature on Jessica Chastain. The article mentioned how she’d be starring in The Heiress on Broadway in the late fall. I had seen the movie (with Olivia DeHaviland) years ago and thought that I’d love to see the play. And I decided that I wanted to look into getting tickets (It didn’t hurt when I found out that the male lead was Dan Stevens, Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey). I told mr. strivingcynic about how I wanted to look into tickets and we decided to make an evening out of it. So last Friday, we drove into the city, got some dinner and went to see the play. It was a great evening and I really enjoyed seeing live theater. Jessica Chastain was fun (and heartbreaking) to watch as Catherine Sloper, the plain/uncharming heiress, and Dan Stevens was wonderful as her suitor (and he’s just as good looking live as on tv…he got a bit of a “woo” from the audience when he came out), who may only be interested in her money. And then there was David Strathairn as the father who can’t stop comparing Catherine to her long dead-mother, and who finds her so lacking as to be incapable of being loved for anything but her money. It’s a tough story to watch in some ways, and Jessica Chastain gave Catherine some odd vocal patterns that took a while to get used to, but we were really happy with the play and the evening (and now we want to watch the movie again).
Entertainment number 3. A Movie. Lincoln
Oh boy. I want to say that I loved this one as well, but I didn’t. Part of it was me. I went to a 7 pm showing the night after we saw the play (and got home around midnight). The movie was 2.5 hours long…and it’s very talky…so I started….drifting. But, Daniel Day-Lewis was really amazing…he just disappears into the role of Lincoln. Also kind of fun, David Strathairn had a large role as the Secretary of State (when he came on the screen I turned to mr. sc and said “It’s Dr. Sloper”). I think I would have liked it more if I had been more awake, but I don’t think I would have liked it as much as Argo or The Heiress.
So, aside from just having seen more movies/plays in a week than I had for months, I’m also excited that I’ve managed to see some performances that will get nominations come Oscars(and Tony) time.
What movies/plays have you seen lately?