We had a babysitter Saturday night, and anytime we have a babysitter, we try to see a movie. We even had time to have dinner and a few beers, so it was a really good night. Anyway, we arrived at the megaplex at around 7:05, so our object was to find a movie that we A. wanted to see and that B. was not either already started or starting more than 25 minutes from the time we arrived. With those criteria, we had a few to choose from:
1. Michael Clayton. Nothing wrong with George Clooney, but it was sold out.
2. Elizabeth, The Golden Age. I spared my husband…he wouldn’t make me see Alien v. Predator, so I don’t make him see costume dramas
3. Gone Baby Gone. No good…I hadn’t been privy to any spoilers on this one, and I’m not seeing a toddler-in-jeopardy movie unless I have cast-iron certain assurance of a happy ending (and WTH with the title, too? It sounds like some annoying-ass Tarantino-lite grunge boys with guns fast-talkin’ and wise-crackin’ to a too-cool-for-you soundtrack mess). So that left us with
4. The Kingdom. OK. Jamie Foxx, good, Jennifer Garner, OK, Chris Cooper, fine…we bought our tickets, our popcorn and our Snocaps (and the word “our” with regard to the Snocaps should be interpreted as “my”) and sat down.
I expected the movie to be decent, but we LOVED it. It was intelligent, it was funny, it was action-packed, suspenseful, dramatic, sad…everything you go to see a movie for. It also had great dialogue, including my favorite movie exchange from 2007:
Saudi diplomat: Define “immediately”.
FBI agent played by Jamie Foxx: Right the f*&% now.
I don’t expect that it will hang around theaters much longer, it apparently didn’t make the top ten this weekend, so if you haven’t seen it already, and if you’re looking for a good couple movie (interesting characters and plot combined with action), run right out and see it. Look for the scene in which the Saudi policeman is left with the task of explaining to the tough-girl Jennifer Garner character that she (as the only female) is excluded from the invitation to the prince’s castle…very funny.