Radio 12.19.80
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on three new films opening today at The Majestic Theater in Greenville :
“The Tale Of Despereaux” is an animated feature suitable for the whole family, about a long-eared mouse who would rather read books than eat them, but doesn’t want to cower like the other mice, and a rat who prefers light to darkness, and doesn’t want to hate humans---and mice---like the other rats.  An all-star cast lends their considerable voice talents, but the screenplay is a bit complicated, and unnecessarily confusing for the smaller children
In “Yes Man,” Jim Carrey is back to doing comedy, and it’s a happy occasion.  He plays a sad sack kind of guy who is persuaded to say “Yes” to everybody, and to really start living life to its fullest.  Of course, not everything goes according to plan, or we wouldn’t have a plot.  But we can’t help but root for him, and his unguarded enthusiasm.  Yes, the moral to the story is the ol’ “seize the day”, which has been done before, but this is a fresh approach.  Guitar lessons, learning to fly, taking Korean classes, racing a motorcycle through the city streets, attending the dorky boss’ Harry Potter dress-up party, painting your body for a college football game:  it’s all part of opening up and having some fun.  Because of the language and mature themes, “Yes Man” is not really suitable for small children.
Nothing Like the Holidays” is the tragedy and comedy of a big Puerto Rican-American family getting together for Christmas.  Mature themes here, as well, but in the end it’s family that’s important, even if there are secrets and lies.  Because love needs to prevail over disappointment, even if everybody needs to suddenly develop some collective amnesia.  Singing Christmas carols as a family has never looked so exuberant.
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM.