Thursday, July 12, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Characters Who Magically Age Up or Down
For the 28th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We delve into characters who either grow up to be older or to be younger by some idea of magic or something. It’s often a plot device that often creates ideas of humor or an understanding for characters to either face what might or return to their youth. Here are my three picks:
1. Death Becomes Her
From Robert Zemeckis comes one of the finest comedies of the 1990s that pits Meryl Streep against Goldie Hawn for the affections of an alcoholic Bruce Willis. Streep plays an aging diva who learns that Hawn has lost weight and has become beautiful with Willis falling for Hawn all over again. Streep learns about a potion that makes her younger and live forever but there’s a catch which she and Hawn both find out as there’s a lot of shenanigans that goes on. It’s a film that still holds up with visual effects that may be dated for its time but it did help tell the story of what happen when two women try to kill each other for a man and to live forever.
2. 13 Going on 30
A 13 year old girl on her birthday wants to be accepted by the cool kids and hopes the cutest boy kisses her. Instead, she gets upset and wishes to be thirty and flirty where she becomes a woman in her 30s working for a flailing fashion magazine and isn’t nice to people. It’s an enjoyable comedy with a winning performance from Jennifer Garner who definitely proves she can be funny and full of charm as she’s aided by top-notch supporting performances from Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis who steals the show as Garner’s boss who does the Moonwalk.
3. 17 Again
A light-hearted comedy that has Matthew Perry lament over his failure in life and in his marriage where he felt he peaked when he was 17 as he falls into a whirlpool and becomes Zac Efron. It’s a film where a man is given a second chance as a 17-year old to fix his life as well as help his teenage kids with growing pains as it’s a light-hearted film that include a hilarious supporting turn from Thomas Lennon as his best friend who pretends to be Efron’s dad as he falls for the school’s principal that has a love for Lord of the Rings. It’s a formulaic film but Efron is what makes the film a joy to watch.
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