Here comes a new group of dramas to talk about. First we have The Timber. I like westerns a lot, unfortunately I did not like this one. I think the main reason was the acting. Westerns have a certain style to them and at no point in time did I see John Peck and not think I was watching Josh Peck. He might be fine for TV comedies, but in a Western? Not so much. I’m not super familiar with the other lead James Ransone, but he was at least better than Peck. The story is pretty standard, two brothers take jobs as bounty hunters, but aren’t exactly great at it. I will say the cinematography is breathtaking though. The backdrops especially with the snow is beautiful. Unfortunately not a lot happens and you find yourself looking at the picture more than paying attention to the movie. Peck just didn’t do it for me at all.
Next we have Unexpected. This movie kind of bothered me. I expected more of a comedy or something, but instead they tried to make me feel bad for being white. I’ll explain. The movie is about Cobie Smulders finding out she is pregnant. She’s an inner city teacher who happens to have an African-American student who is pregnant as well. They bond and that part was nice, but unfortunately it seems to have more of an agenda. Here’s this white couple whose lives aren’t thrown for a loop because of their pregnancy, but here’s this young black girl whose life is changed drastically and can’t go to the college she wants to go to. Maybe it’s me, but that’s wrong. It isn’t about race, it’s about AGE. Smulders’ character is older, she marries her boyfriend and they can afford the kid because both have jobs. The young girl can’t afford the kid, isn’t in a position in life to make it easier. It shouldn’t be about race, but more about young kids being dumb and not using protection.
Third we have 9 Full Moons. I wanted to really like this one, but it’s a bit too slow for me. I loved Donal Logue in it as the aging musician, but unfortunately not a whole lot goes on around him. The lead character is producing Logue’s new album, but his love interest is a complete train wreck. She’s a drunk, she can’t control herself at times and at no point did I root for them to stay together. Why should I root for her happiness when she doesn’t deserve any? I thought Logue was great and it was cool seeing him sing and play guitar, but the other characters were too hipster-ish and they didn’t work for me.
Last we have Theresa is a Mother. I was actually surprised at this movie. I wasn’t expecting to hate it or anything, but I also wasn’t expecting to enjoy it. It’s a nice, little quaint movie with solid performances. It also develops its characters quite well and gives you reason to care about them. It’s about a singer/songwriter who no longer can survive with her kids. She moves back home to her small town to deal with her family and past issues. It sounds like a lot of similar movies and that’s probably why I wrote it off right away, but it held my attention throughout. It could have very easily been a generic, run of the mill movie, but enough goes on, you understand what is happening and the characters’ motivation that you want to know what happens to them. A very pleasant surprise!