I saw two movies on Friday, both of which are essentially love stories.
In the first, Monsters, a photographer is commanded by his publisher boss to get his daughter safely home from a Mexico infested with giant octopus-like aliens. The creatures got there when a space probe crash-landed six years before. The US government has built a massive wall on the border to try and contain the infection, and are regularly bombing the Mexican poulation with chemical weapons, causing massive collateral damage. Sounds like a familiar story? Though it sounds like pure science fiction, the focus throughout is on the couple, who quickly fall in love, and they see that love reflected in the events around them. Its cheaply but beautifully shot, and is quite possibly my favourite film this year. At the British Independent Film Awards yesterday it won Best Director for Gareth Edwards.
The other film was Megamind 3D. Love features again as Megamind (a blue-skinned evil alien who is made that way by the prison environment he literally lands in as baby - Will Ferrell does the voice) defeats his arch-enemy, Metroman (voiced by Brad Pitt), but quickly realises that an evil genius needs a nemesis or it's no fun. Megamind has to win the heart of the Lois Lane-like reporter in order to save the day when he inadvertently creates a hero who turns to evil. Great animation, lots of stuff that adults will get (Superman fans will love the person that Megamind morphs into in order to mentor the hero he has created) and plentiful humour make for an entertaining movie.
My romantic weekend continued with the real life adventure that was the wedding of JJ and John on Saturday afternoon. The most excited bride and groom I have ever seen and all that snow made for great fun. In the immortal words of Billy Idol, "Nice day for a white wedding".