What We’re Watching

I recently watched two movies twice. First with my mom and brother, and then again with Amanda and her sister shortly after. I found them enjoyable if not a little awkward at times, but I feel they are worth talking about.

The first one was The Happytime Murders on Netflix. This my sound odd, but I want to start with the end of this one cause I really enjoyed the sequences that went along with the credits. It was footage of them filming, without all the effects. They did such a good job! So, the second time I watched it, I was looking for any of the three people it took to control the puppet protagonist, Phil Philips. I mean, yeah, he looks a little awkward walking down the street, I mean… He’s still a puppet. But the team who made it happen are insanely talented and I have nothing but respect for them.

Story-wise, it was actually pretty good. I set my expectations fairly-low; it’s just something I do. Sort of the mentality, “Won’t be as good as Avenue Q.” However, I must give credit, where credit is due. The jokes were on point, the twists were engaging, I loved the characters, and it was just a fun little adventure. I’m not saying it’s perfect, I found it odd that as the audience found out about the past, it felt, so did the characters. In the beginning they just hate each other, then you learn a little, and they get a little closer. My thing is, they should know what happened, shouldn’t they?

Next was The Dirt on Netflix. The story of the band Motley Crue, and a messed up one at that. I watched this one with my Mom and my brother first. There was a lot of sex in that movie, and I was watching it with my mother! Anyways, I knew nothing about the band before watching this. They were big in the 80’s, I was born in the early 90’s. I just sort of missed them. But it was very interesting to see what it was like. “Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll,” a phrase I’ve heard many times but never understood the level of which some people lived at.

While I’m sure there are some holes in the story (I say this cause for a while there I couldn’t open anything without seeing “20 things the Motley Crue movie got wrong”), I feel a there is a level of honestly in the piece that’s very real. I felt the rise and fall with them. The beginning of the movie is just, “Look at how awesome Motley Crue is!” then morphing into an absolute mess around them. While all at the same time getting their songs stuck in my head.