Alex Cross- the movie, my review...

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Lane Realty GREC# 169695

I'm a huge James Patterson fan.  I have my shelves filled with the bird kids, the women's murder club and Alex Cross tales.  Sometimes I can read a book and pass it on to someone else and be happy I read it, but for my favorite authors I will loan you the book, but in the end I want it on my shelf so I can revisit and read it again.  I inherited this trait from my parents.

So last night I went to see Tyler Perry play Alex Cross with an open mind.  When you are a reader I've found you have to "let go" of the knowledge you have about the characters and pretend that it's a new story.  The first time I saw "What dreams may come" I was so disappointed.  I read the book again and decided that if they had really been successful in adapting the book to a script for a movie I would have had to be at the theater for about 8 hours.  It happens, they have to change things.

But the movie as a stand alone was fantastic.  I cheered, I sat on the edge of my seat and I cried.  And when one movie can pull all those responses and emotions out of me, it's a great movie.  My surprise was how much I hated Matthew Fox.  You loved him lost, you pulled for him and cheered for him and I never expected such a great "bad guy".  I'm looking forward to seeing if I can like him again in his next role.  For me that's the true test for an actor.  Make me hate you, then make me love you again in a new role and you're great. 

Years ago when I saw Jeff Bridges in the vanishing he became that character to me.  He hasn't been able to convince me he's not "that" bad guy since.  And that's two decades of me not liking Jeff Bridges.

Bearing that in mind, if you read the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, don't expect a completely accurate account.  Just think of it as taking the characters you know and love from the book and letting them play a little different part. So I do recommend you see Alex Cross, but don't expect James Patterson's excellent characters to be there.  They sadly are not.  But viewing it as "just a movie" and with an open mind, I enjoyed it.  I saw hints of Alex and Matthew Fox did a fantastic job.

 

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Thank you for sharing your experience  - I had wanted to see it because I like Alex Cross books too!  You have me so excited, I think we will go tonight!

October 20, 2012 03:20 PM
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Richard Weisser
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Tammy...

Oh great, am I the only person in the world that has no idea what we are talking about? I need to get out more.

October 20, 2012 04:30 PM
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Tammy Lankford
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Jordon- Never a hint of the madea character and I kept looking for it.

Dorie- I had to check my ideas of Alex and Morgan Freeman at the door, but I really enjoyed it.

Mel- very different

Frank and Karen- I do that a lot these days  only my "redbox" is netflix

Joy- I'll have to find out what YOU think

Richard- you better start taking the wife to the movies.

October 20, 2012 06:57 PM
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Wow...Richard has spent all his free hours in the Smokies and now pop culture is foreign lol.  I've got to go see it and am glad to hear your opinion.  Tyler Perry seemed like too much of a clown for this character but my mind is wide open.

October 21, 2012 09:37 PM
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Mona- a very few times I saw "Tyler Perry" for a fleeting second, but I realized I was looking for him, so I sat back to enjoy the movie.  Let me know what you think when you see it.

October 22, 2012 06:12 AM
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