• Picked up the 2002 I Spy movie from Wal-Mart's bargain DVD bin the other night. After the last poll about 60s remakes/reimaginings, I realized that I hadn't seen this one. Mostly because I'm a very big fan of the original series. Well, I broke down, bought it and watched it last night.
Overall, I found it entertaining, although I couldn't much stand Eddie Murphy's character. I also can't quite grasp why Hollywood thinks that "buddy movies" have to be based on characters arguing all the time. The original I Spy show portrayed two men as friends who genuinely cared for each other and enjoyed each other's company. You know, like real buddies. And they even managed to be funny without forced, artificial conflict. Of course, writing insults and arguments is a lot easier than genuinely witty dialogue.
I did like that generally, Owen Wilson's spy wasn't a total incompetent, just under-appreciated and poorly equipped. Several times in the course of the story, he used his brains to get out of tough situations, and that was refreshingly different. And, of course, I enjoyed Famke Janssen, but I always enjoy Famke Janssen.
• My only other spy-fi purchase this week was the soundtrack CD for the movie Johnny English. After re-watching the movie a couple weeks ago, I decided that Edward Shearmer's musical score would make a good addition to my Spy-fi hi-fi collections, so I ordered a copy online.
• I expect to receive my Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine disc next week. I'm looking forward to watching it. I also expect to finish reading the spy paperback I'm in the middle of. It's weird. I'll review it when I wrap it up.
How was your week?