Friday, March 27, 2009

A Lovely Evening Out - up to a point....

Tonight was a long awaited night out with Bobkat - I have no social life; I wait on her availability :-)

It started well; I went to buy 5 litres of oil for my little aged car and was offered a free set of screwdrivers with it - accepted!
I found the latest Alexander McCall Smith 'Mma Ramotswe' novel at a deal price - I recommend this marvellous author and his novels set in Gabarone, Botswana!
I had a nice restful cup of coffee reading my new book.

I bought the cinema tickets and met with Bob for our dinner in our usual haunt.
We had fun with the cute young Italian waiter - admittedly he spoilt it a little bit by knowing how cute he was....but it made for an entertaining meal for the two middle-aged women...and we tipped him accordingly.

Then it was movie time - we didn't expect too much from the frothy chick flick......but this film should come with a health warning!

Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in 'Marley and Me'.
It started off well and the story built steadily with a mix of reality and comedy, but watch out for the ending! As we collected our belongings and started to leave the cinema, there were girls sniffing into tissues and men holding their women comfortingly.
We came out thinking that the film should have been buoyed at the end in some way, but it ended on such a sad note. If you're planning to see this - take tissues!
I couldn't help but think 'Old Yeller'.....but not so dramatic.

Now I'm really annoyed with Hollywood - I sneaked the book off the shelf and looked at the ending - and it ended on the now middle-aged couple coming across a homeless dog who was the image of Marley and the words 'shall we take him home?'

Now that would have just finished the film off nicely, instead of the heartbreaking ending Hollywood assigned it.



Bobkat said...

Luckily I did have tissues, even tough I didn't need one ;)

I had a good time despite the ending, (which I think they milked a little too much):)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I can guess what the ending will be. Fortuntely it's not my sort of movie!

NetChick sent me here.

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I was going to see this but ended up seeing Confessions of a Shoppaholic instead.

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

P.S. - I quite like Owen Wilson!

craziequeen said...

Nikki-Ann, it was Owen that persuaded me to go; I do like him. Of course he makes HUGE mistakes (Zoolander) but I think the man has unmined potential.......

This did not release it......


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I'm envious you get to hang with Bob-Kat. I just added Marley to our Netflix queue. And in my final random thought for you, I think that accepting the free screwdrivers is something Mma Ramotswe herself would do -- and congratulate herself for doing, too.

Here from NetChick; I really need to visit you more often!

Teena in Toronto said...

I read the book so know about the ending ... that's why I didn't go see the movie.

BTW, NetChick sent me!

carmilevy said...

Movies are always pale impressions of the books on which they are based. Our kids had read the book first as well, so I thought it only fair that I should do the same. I just don't feel directors and producers can ever paint as rich a picture onscreen as I can paint in my mind.

I guess I'll always be too much of a writer to enjoy adapted films!

Dropped by from Tanya's on this holiday Sunday to wish you comfort, peace and rest.