Sarah 36, Death Race 20; 16 of 24 categories completed
Super-likable and fun, especially Pascal the chameleon, Maximus the bloodhound horse, and the song in the highwaymen's pub — until the end, where it loses its way a little bit. So the hair is crucial…until it isn't? A single heartfelt teardrop works too? Would the script care to address either 1) the fact that Rapunzel has the power to raise the dead, or 2) whether that teardrop spent her powers, or she still has them, or what?
And would it have killed the movie to leave the line alone where Eugene says that, after asking and asking and asking, he finally said yes to a marriage proposal, instead of immediately making sure we know that he's kidding? I understand why she couldn't cut her own hair and set herself free, but why not let her do the proposing?
Minor quibbles, though. The writing of the "mother" is brilliant and a nice change from the customary Cruella-style villainess, and while Zachary Levi clearly can't sing, he gives it a college try, and that works better for the material; sometimes, sincerity is more important in a song than skill. Sincerity might not cut it for Best Original Song, though, and for my money the nominated song isn't the best one in the movie.
Six days to go; five features left to see, plus all the shorts. It's possible for me to finish, but availability is a serious issue at this point — i.e., the closest theater that's still running The Tempest is, no shit, in Maine, and a part of me is tempted to gonzo it up there, grab a lobster roll, tolerate some Shakespeare, and git 'er done. Another part of me has driven to Maine on an unpaid quest before, and…you know. Maine is great. Driving to it from here is ass. Driving to it from here in the snow, in a Smart Car? "Death Race" isn't supposed to be literal.
So, if you have a Tempest screener I can borrow, or live in Boothbay Harbor and would like to video-Skype me from the 7 PM show some night this week, email me pronto, because the Bard is my biggest obstacle at the moment.
Tags: movies Oscars 2011 Death Race Tangled Zachary Levi