Won't You Be My Neighbor

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Okay, y'all. If everyone went to see Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the world would be a better place. If you missed it in a theater, watch it as soon as possible. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll think. Things we all need to do more often.

I was twelve when Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began--too old for the show, or so I thought. However, I watched many episodes of it when I babysat. I didn't fully appreciate the depth of Fred Rogers until I took a play therapy class from Dr. Garry Landreth at the University of North Texas when I was getting my master’s in school counseling. He pointed out the wobbly sets, the puppets with immovable mouths, the way Fred Rogers didn't bother to hide the fact that his lips moved when the puppets talked, the shaky trolley, and the use of silence. He said those things allowed children to be in on the joke and to feel in control. Yet the show was never as simple as it seemed. Fred Rogers spoke about assassination, war, racial tension, death, violence, fear, anger, and other topics avoided in children's programming. We need another Mister Rogers to come along and help us deal with the world today.

Ten hearts out of ten. A perfect movie.

Mamma Mia

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My husband and I went on another fabulous date. I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and he saw Skyscraper. I love Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), but I love cornball musicals even more.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again contained no surprises, but that was fine by me. I loved the trip down memory lane as well as the actors who portrayed young Donna, Tanya, Rosie, Sam, Harry, and Bill. Amanda Seyfried (Sophie) and Lily James (young Donna) are lit-from-within delights. And who cares that Meryl Streep (old Donna) has pale gray eyes and Lily James’s (young Donna) eyes are dark brown? Maybe no one else will notice!

The music was superb in spite of the fact the Pierce Brosnan still can’t sing. Most everyone else can, to some degree, and the song and dance numbers totally worked.

Then there was Cher and her Fernando. What can I say? Cher. Not a line on her face! I know it’s hard to believe, but her voice has deepened with age. She’s fabulous! And Andy Garcia never disappoints.

Other than a young woman who was helping her grandmother with her walker, I was probably the youngest person in the theater. At one point the characters burst into song in such an awkward way that I felt embarrassed to be there, but I got over that in about ten seconds.

Nine hearts out of ten for pure fun. Six hearts out of ten if you noticed the inconsistencies with the timeline, but who cares about that?

The Greatest Showman

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I watched The Greatest Showman on a plane today. When I got home I saw it on a better screen with better sound, minus the roar of jet engines. I regret I never saw it in a theater. I know it got some mediocre reviews, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I LOVED it.

Don't expect to learn the true story of P.T. Barnum, or anything about the history of the time. It's all about singing, dancing, and having the courage to be yourself. Even though the story contains a pretty significant dropped thread and problems that are solved one scene later, the musical numbers and the perfect cast dazzled me. I still watch at least one of them a week on YouTube. In my humble opinion, Keala Settle’s performance of “This Is Me” should have won an Academy Award. It is a song for the ages.

Nine hearts out of ten, but maybe that's the travel fatigue talking. Wait, no. It really is a nine hearts movie for me.

Solo

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Meh. Lots of explosions, gunfire, and smirks. I realize Harrison Ford set the bar high as one of the most perfectly cast characters in movie history, and he's a hard act to follow. Even though Alden Ehrenreich has his charms, he doesn't come close to playing a believable Han Solo. Chewbacca was my favorite character. The Millennium Falcon was a close second. And Woody Harrelson was great as always.

How many more seeds of the rebellion movies can they possibly make? Don't answer that. Probably at least a couple dozen.

I'm a Star Wars fan, but Solo is a movie for die-hard Star Wars fans.

Six hearts out of ten, and nostalgia accounts for one of those hearts.

Book Club

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My husband and I went to the movies together. He saw Deadpool 2, and I saw Book Club. We had a great time.

Book Club is worth watching because of Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. I'd watch Diane Keaton clean a bathroom. She's still amazing. She also appears to be the only one of the four who hasn't had extensive plastic surgery, not that I care what kind of work people have done. The men, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, and Craig T. Nelson, are also fun to watch, especially Andy Garcia, but the women own the movie. The script could be better, but I managed to enjoy it anyway.

Seven hearts out of ten.