Monday, July 26, 2010
The Kids Are All Right opens with a Vampire Weekend song and two boys sniffing crushed up Sudafed, a surprising introduction to what on the surface appears to be just a nice little movie about a family with two moms. Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have a beautiful house, two beautiful children and two very different approaches to life. Nic, a successful doctor, enjoys micro-managing her children and drinking wine when on call. Jules is a laid back Earth mother of the pair, directionless in the career department. Despite a lackluster sex-life and their grossly over-educated exchanges when arguing, Nick and Jules have a tidy little family, until the kids contact Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the man who randomly made it all possible.
Luckily for Salt, humans can't recognize people once they dye their hair a different color.
If the Bourne movies are the haute cuisine of action pictures, then Salt is Kraft mac and cheese. And don’t get me wrong, I like mac and cheese from a box from time to time. What I don’t like is when action movies break the agreement I have with them goes like this, “You move quickly and give me a character that I can clearly get behind and I’ll believe you can blow up a car with a single shot from a handgun.” A few catch phrases and witty retorts in the face of danger would be nice too. Maybe even a sidekick - a minority teen perhaps?