|Charlize! Stop looking into the magnifying side of the mirror!! (Photo: AP)|
More "Hippo" than HeartAfter a rollicking round of taekwondo for the kids and a speedy stint through the McD's drive-thru for my iced coffee infusion, we decided to check out the movie theater. Confirming my theory that by the third installment of a series the writers have used up all their good ideas, Madagascar 3's gruesome characters (the evil animal controller chick) and disgusting sidebars (fluffy monkey-types throwing up birthday cake) left me feeling as sour as an old Swedish Fish. My 5 year old asked to leave early, still scared mid-way through by the opening nightmare scene where all the animals were elderly and trapped in Africa.
Worse than Cars 2.
She Should Have Just Worn SunblockLater that same day (hey, it's been a rainy summer!) I dragged the husband to Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart hearkens back to the dark forest with few intelligible lines to say, but a pleasure to watch in goth girl/Hollywood anti-starlet mode. Charlize is simultaneously disturbing and gorgeous as the crow-couture wearing evil Queen with a wrinkle complex. The fight scenes are balanced by forays into fairy land, but definitely not a kid's flick. (PG-13)
At the end of my age-obsessed movie marathon, I kind of wished I had spent the pricey popcorn fare on some new BB cream instead: