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Hot Dragon Time

Kid fantasies and kid-like adult fantasies are the order of the day this weekend.  Whether you’re wishing you had a pet dragon or a magic Jacuzzi, this weekend is about movies delivering wish fulfillment to American audiences.  First up, if you’ve played WoW, D & D, or done any LARPing, changes are you’ve wondered about How To Train Your Dragon (Rotten TomatoesMetacritic).

“Some movies seem born to inspire video games. All they lack is controllers and a scoring system. How to Train Your Dragon plays more like a game born to inspire a movie.” Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

It’s a game (that’s really a movie) meant to inspire a movie (that has a lot in common with games).  Is the movie at peace with this media confusion?

“A thrilling drama interspersed with amusing comedic elements (rather than the other way around).” Variety Peter Debruge

“A fun and entertaining family fare in which the humor and action are stronger than the core story and blend of creatures.” Emanuel Levy Variety

It’s a drama that acts like a comedy and a family film focused on action.  Sounds like this movie is a blend of genres as well as media.  Also…

Creature blends aren't always a good thing.

“It’s a film that needs to be seen in 3-D. And yes, does the film exist largely for these flying sequences? Absolutely.” Michael Phillips At the Movies

Of course, does that review bookend the question by answering it twice?  Yep.
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“DreamWorks has created a state of the art family movie with a young hero and all the exotic elements of a fairy tale that seems far removed from our daily life. Or is it?” Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile

I dunno, is it?

“Better than Avatar.” Brett Michel Boston Phoenix

Plenty of films are, however most movies don’t inspire legions of nerds to learn a new language.

“Works enough miracles of 3-D animation to charm your socks off.” Rolling Stone Peter Travers

charming snake socks

“Dreamworks may have topped itself with How To Train Your Dragon, an exciting, fun and sensationally entertaining movie for everyone, a thrilling action adventure fantasy that should slay the competition and grab great word of mouth.” Pete Hammond Boxoffice Magazine

Good luck slaying your competition, it’s an inanimate object with chronological displacement spa powers: Hot Tub Time Machine (Rotten TomatoesMetacritic).

“It’s a bro-down, and every second has been calibrated for maximum bro-fficiency.” Amy Nicholson I.E. Weekly

Dudes everywhere should look forward to bro-tastic bro-vado.

“Hot Tub Time Machine isn’t a good movie, but like a bubbling bath it keeps pounding at us until our resistance wears down.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch Joe Williams

Hot tub resistance is futile.

Does it count as a time machine if the technology belongs in the past?

“Pink’s derivative vision plays out like a mullet in the new millennium.” Tom Meek Boston Phoenix

You mean, totally awesome (in a you’re wearing that as a joke right?) kind of way?

“A fundamentally lazy comedy that will probably make you laugh like an idiot.” Dan Kois Village Voice

Why does no one ever say "you laugh like a genius?"

“Succeeds beyond any expectations suggested by the title and extends John Cusack’s remarkable run: Since 1983, in 55 films, he’s never made a bad one.” Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

In terms of consistency, Cal Ripkin Jr. is to baseball what John Cusack is to movies.

“A sloppy, raucous, time travel farce in the grown-men-gone-wild “Hangover” style, it’s a surprisingly satisfying, if not exactly LMAO, riot.” Orlando Sentinel Roger Moore

IMO: ROFL > LMAO = LOL FTW!

“Like the “Scream” series, Hot Tub Time Machine is a cake-and-eat-it-too experience; you get both a vintage Brat Pack comedy, albeit one regrettably drenched in post-Hangover raunch, and an ongoing metacommentary at the same time.” Time Out New York David Fear

PDJ wants you to comment on his commentary

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6 Responses

  1. Is that Robin Williams with a dog face?

  2. I am kind of intrigued that Hot Tub Time Machine has 65% rating on rotten tomatoes. I didn’t think that would be possible even if it was good. Hmm. . .might have to see it.

  3. sorry, 62% rating on rotten tomatoes. 65% on metacritic. Still, that’s amazing for a movie that, by its name, should go straight to DVD.

  4. I won’t be able to metacomment on this; sorry.

  5. “Hot Tub Time Machine” was a lot of fun. The nice thing is that they’ve put the stupidest (or awesomest) facet of the story up front, so you can’t really say you were blindsided by it.

  6. i like to dip on a hot tub every morning and before going to sleep, it is really nice:;.

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