Thursday, 15 May 2014

Next on Netflix: Fright Night

Next On Netflix: Where I take my guilt from all my Netflix procrastination and turn it into something I can justify.

So I watched me a new movie on Netflix over the weekend. The one that I picked, on account of it having a certain Doctor in it, was Fright Night. 

Now, the advantage of watching movies after they've been out for a while means that you tend to have a general feel of whether you're going to like it before you watch it. For example; with this movie, I hadn't exactly heard bad things about it, but I also knew it wasn't going to be ground breaking. I think it ended up with a fairly low key cult following, in the end...

As such, I started watching the movie with fairly low expectations of what I was letting myself in for. My main reason, as mentioned above, for choosing this particular movie above any of the others was that the lovely David Tennant was in it, and being a whovian I tend to gravitate towards his work, regardless of whether I think it's going to be good or not. 

Having said all of that, I've gotta say that I didn't hate this movie. It was low budget, and nothing amazing, but it flowed well and I can't remember getting bored at any point. It was also short and sweet at only 1 hr and 30mins long. The plot of the movie was your standard 'vampire moves in next door to hero of movie... death ensues' story, and if you're looking for something more substantial than that, then you're probably going to be disappointed. Also, if you're looking for a lovely romantic tale between vampire and human, as is the popular demand these days, then alas you will find it lacking. No sparkling skin here, and whilst the main vampire is Colin Farrell and so very easy on the eye, there is nothing really romantic about him at all. But if you fancy a nice and easy vampire tale with a fair amount of killing, a dash of comedy and just a little bit of romance, then this is the movie for you. 

Plus, you are all welcome to play the game I play whenever I watch anything that the Doctor Who actors star in that isn't Doctor Who. This game is simple, and will certainly make a solo viewing of a movie a whole lot more entertaining. Basically, I like to pretend that any character in a movie played by a Doctor Who actor (in this case David Tennant) is actually secretly still the Doctor but just undercover. For example, if Tennant decided that he was too creeped out by the vampire in the movie and decides to cut and run, instead of stay and fight, you might catch me yelling at the TV (as the hero watches him run away, with disappointment) "Don't worry! He's only joking with you, he's the Doctor, he doesn't run away from anything! He's probably just grabbing something from the TARDIS." Or if you're watching the Tennant play a bad guy, like in a certain Harry Potter movie, and suddenly you're faced with a scene where he seems to be trying to destroy mankind, you can reason with the other characters in the movie by stating the facts, such as "I know it seems bad that he's hellbent on bringing back He Who Must Not be Named, but if you look at it on balance, and take into consideration the amount of times he's saved the world, I think we can allow him this one lapse in judgement. We'll just get that dark mark laser removed and he'll be back kissing Rose before you know it."

Now, this could prove to be annoying (apparently) if you make these comments whilst in a room with other people, especially if they are not of the Whovian variety, but it is nothing but hilarious when you are alone with a glass of wine... yes, I said hilarious and not sad and lonely... deal with it. 

So all in all, if you want a light movie that is entertaining and doesn't require a large amount of thinking involved, then I recommend Fright Night. It's simple, fun and not all that bad... just don't go in expecting Oscar standards and you are golden. 

Until tomorrow. 

Peace out my lovelies

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