Saw a few movies this weekend. Saved!, when taken in the same vein as other works of satire like Camp or Best in Show, was actually rather entertaining. Sort of a Mean Girls with a Christian slant, and a little better, to boot. Nothing with any sort of intellectual fire power, but for that special brand of entertainment that’s best when not taken seriously, it’s worth some attention.
Pieces of April was decent, except that it was so obviously an art film that it seemed to be trying to point out that it was an art film. There was no doubt from the start, with the overemphasis on camera work and lighting, the depressing story, and all of that. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad story. Mom is dying, mom is mean, daughter can never do anything right, but it all works out in the end. Just nothing special. It’s a Hallmark special with an art-house touches and plot changes.
Finally, we saw The Incredibles. Best film of the year? Not quite. Try again, WSJ. That said, it was an enjoyable flic, if you can get past the fact that it’s a just a comical animated version of X-Men. The animation work is marginally improved over what was done in the last few Pixar films, but not a galactic leap. I suspect that’s the way CG films will go from this point forward. Worth a watch, and perhaps a viewing in a theater, but you won’t be hurt by waiting for video on this one. Additionally, seeing The Incredibles provided us an opportunity to see trailers for both Cars and Episode III. Both look absolutely terrible.