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Wednesday June 23, 2010
Got the Knight, Missing the Day.
This morning I signed 1200 books in about two hours. That's only ten per minute, I know. I actually move at about 15 per minute, one book every four seconds, but then the stack runs out, or the pen has to be replaced, or I decide I need to pee.
Two hours may not seem like much, but it's hard on the hand, so I gave mine a rest this afternoon and went to see Knight and Day. This movie lacked some of the insane physics of the The A-Team, and only Toy Story 3so far this year has come close to delivering the heartfelt joy of How to Train Your Dragon, but considering the fact that I was sitting in the theater watching Tom Cruise be alternately charming, crazy, and violent, I had far more fun than I expected to.
There was this one moment -- I'll call it "clumsy plot exposition moment" -- in which I found myself bored and disappointed. Cruise tells Diaz what's going on, and abruptly there were reasons for all the crazy stuff happening. It stripped away some of the magic, and left me wondering what I would have done differently had the scripting (or script-doctoring) been up to me. I don't have an answer.
There was another moment where Cameron Diaz gets drugged, and in the ensuing drug-haze montage we see that she's sleeping through a lot of action. This was more than a little reminiscent of Twilight (which I have only seen with Riff-Trax, so it's okay) but what felt like a huge flaw in that film (but not a lonely flaw by any stretch) actually worked really, really well in this one.
The film has been retitled several times, but the "Knight and Day" title only works about half-way. There are at least three "Knights" in the movie, but I couldn't find a proper reference for "Day." Then again, I was taking a vacation at the movies, not playing "Where's Waldo" with catch words. If anybody else goes to see this, let me know if there's a solid "Day" reference I missed. I mean, besides actual daylight.
This movie displaces Robin Hood at #6 on my list for the year, coming in just under Iron Man 2. It really is a lot of fun, but if you can't stand Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz (or physics-defying action sequences, or extreme stretches of believable character motivation) then this is one to RedBox.