Well kids, I just got home from the multiplex. I saw both Bewitched and Herbie: Fully Loaded. My score:
Bewitched - a big fat zero. I so wanted to like this movie since I'm such a huge fan of the TV show. But it was truly horrible.
The story made no sense. I think it's time for Nora Ephron to retire. They kept talking about how the TV show (within the movie) wasn't working because the "Darrin" actor was making it all about him and not Samantha, yet the movie was ALL about Will Ferrell! I like Will Ferrell, but a movie called Bewitched should be about Samantha. I felt a little sorry for Nicole Kidman because she really didn't have a lot to do.
Don't even get me started on Samantha's father (Michael Caine - boring and unnesessary), Endora/Iris (Shirley Maclaine - is she a witch or not? Is it in real life or the TV show?), and Aunt Clara (not Samantha's Aunt Clara from the original TV show, even though she's disheveled, forgetful, wears a mink stole, and collects doorknobs...). The movie is just a mess. And it doesn't help that they're constantly showing the original Bewitched every time a TV is on...
The biggest laughs, however, came from Kristin Chenoweth. She's amazing.
Luckily, I had a free pass to see Bewitched. it came in the Bewitched: Season One DVD set. If I had paid money to see it, I would have been really mad.
Herbie - Nearly perfect. I was never a big fan of the original Love Bug movies, but I decided to see this on impulse. I was so glad I did! Lindsay Lohan is really good, the story is well-written, the movie has HEART! I really found myself rooting for Herbie and Lindsay. I was totally caught up in the story. And I'm so glad I saw this movie today.
Anyone else have any opinions to share?