Thursday, January 11, 2007

Movie Review Double Shot: "Bubba Ho-Tep" and "Little Miss Sunshine"

Due to a mini-movie marathon, I am going to review these two different, but equally good movies!

Bubba Ho-Tep-This movie stars Bruce Campbell as Elvis and Ossie Davis as JFK (at least they both thnik they are those people) in a retirement home. Said retirement is being haunted by a mummy in cowboy boots. The movie embraces its B-movie roots and is a rolling good time. Campbell gives a good performance with a spot on Elvis impersonation. Also, he plays old very well. The plot is ridiculous, but the fun is not.

3 1/2 Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwiches out of 5.

Little Miss Sunshine-This movie is typical of other "indie" movies in that the sum of its parts is greater than the whole. There are some great performances by the entire case (Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, and Abigail Breslin). Carell is understated and Arkin plays crazy well. Special kudos goes to Abigail Breslin, playing Olive, a young girl entered into a beauty contest. Breslin had to wear a fat suit to portray Olive, which in today's Hollywood (which loves "ugly transformations"), must mean she will be nominated for an Oscar. The plot though is thin and at times the movie is more like a collection of scenes and predictaments. The movie isn't particularly uplifting, as most small films are not, but it does have its moments.

3 1/2 Yellow VWs out of 5.


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