Thursday, February 24, 2011

Offbeat Pick

Jimmy and I used to have the Netflix where we got 2 movies at 1 time. But a while ago when we were trying to tighten our spending we cut it down to 1 at 1 time. The 2 at 1 time thing worked out well for us because our movie tastes are NOT very similar. Sure we have some movies that we both want to see and both really enjoyed, but for the most part he wants to rent one thing and I want to rent something totally different.

And so began the Netflix struggle. I'll pick movies and have them set to come, and then some Sci Fi piece of crap comes instead. Curses, he got me again! Not that I don't do the same to him. I'm a bit more adventurous with my picks though. There have been a few that we got that were just really strange. But some others like the one we watched last night that I really enjoyed.

On Feb 2nd the movie "My Name is Khan" came in the mail. Yes that was 22 days ago. It took us 22 days to watch that movie. I guess we didn't save any money using Netflix this month! Anyhow, Jimmy has been dragging his feet to watch this one. In fact he told me to just watch it by myself... Since I had a couple of good books any free time I had was spent reading rather than watching. But last night with nothing else to get in the way we watched it, Jimmy begrudgingly.

As a side note, last month we got the movie "My Life in Ruins" that was my pick. We sat down to watch it and within 20 min I was fast asleep and Jimmy ended up watching it by himself. So I guess I don't blame him for wanting to pick the movies once in a while...

Anyhow back to "My Name is Khan". I'm not sure how I even found that on there. You take a survey and they suggest movies for you, and they suggested that one. The premise is about a Muslim man with Asperger Syndrome living in America. After 9/11 his wife leaves him because she cannot handle the persecution she and her family are put though because she is married to a Muslim man. His love for her un wavering, he crosses the country a few times over trying to win her back and meeting people along the way.

It was 3 hours long, which is a bit lengthy. I'm not good past 2 hours, so 3 is rough for me. But I really enjoyed this movie, and it kept me up thinking last night and still has me thinking today. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an enlightening movie, that will make you think twice before you judge people based on appearance or religion.

Jimmy enjoyed it as well (Ha! I win) and I feel like I came away from watching it a bit more tolerant for people than I used to be ( not that I wasn't before, but I'm even more so now).

If you are going to watch it, you might Google Asperger's Syndrome because the movie does not give a great explanation of what exactly that is. It is technically a foreign film, so there are a fare of amount of subtitles as well (which I like because my hearing sucks).

Anyhow, if you are looking for a movie with a message I recommend this one and give it 2 thumbs up!


Audrey Spence said...

We do the one at a time too. I pretty much get whatever because Scott hardly has time to watch anything. Since he gets to bed so early he won't stay up so I can either watch stuff during Charlotte's naps or once Scott's gone to bed. I also love the fact that I can get a lot of stuff streaming so while I stand in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes for 2 hrs I can put something on the laptop and enjoy. I might have to add this to my ridiculously long queue. We always use subtitles too because I hate when its all quiet so you turn it way the heck up to hear what's going on then it jumps to a crazy loud scene. I hate that. So we always use subtitles no matter what. Oh and I just watched Stardust...kinda weird crazy story. Lots of people in that movie though. I didn't think it was too bad.

Megan said...

I will have to add this one to our list - thanks Lizzy!