Inside our Christmas stocking from Warner Brothers, as well as chocolate treats for the kiddywinks, were two newly released DVDs for both Tony and I.
I sat down to watch New Year’s Eve whilst Tony was at work late one night with a large glass of wine and laughed and cried. It’s a wonderful romantic comedy which boasts a huge cast of great names including Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, Zac Efron and Sarah Jessica Parker. The film follows the characters as they prepare for and celebrate New Year’s Eve. There are lots of story lines and that can be a little confusing at first but it all ties in nicely and there are some lovely characters with emotional stories. For comedy value I loved the pair of expectant parents desperately trying to induce so their baby can be the first born of the new year and scoop a cash prize and De Niro made me cry on more than one occasion. There are some lovely twists to the film so I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
Th Dark Knight Rises was much more of Tony’s thing and whilst I did sit down to watch it, I was multi tasking and writing Christmas cards at the same time. It takes off 8 years from where the last film left off with Batman in hiding after the death of Harvey Dent, for which he took the fall. New villain, Bane with his raspy voice and menacing looking mask is set on destroying Gotham City with a nuclear weapon of some sort and it’s down to Batman to save the city, naturally! He has help from Catwoman (I’d love to know what underwear she wears to make her waist so small) and police officer John Blake, who it’s revealed late on in the film that his real name is Robin John Blake. At 165 minutes it’s a long film but full of action, some very awesome gadgets and Christian Bale is rather beautiful even if you do only see his chin for most of it.