Unlike last week, when I walked out of "Batman Begins" and I knew exactly how I felt about it (I LOVED it...thought it was the single best Batman movie to date and thankfully it ret-cons all the other theatrical movies, including the Tim Burton ones, so they can start over), I'm not quite sure how I felt about the movie.
I know how I felt about the individual parts, just not the whole movie:
Nicole Kidman: great. Worth watching the movie for. She's beautiful and isn't afraid to be goofy (ex. crossing her eyes, doing a silly walk).
the soundtrack: though sometimes a little obvious (Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by the Police) and sometimes a little overdone movie wise (Everybody Hurts by R.E.M...could we please have a moritorium on this song for the "boy loses girl" montages?), I think this could be worth a purchase 'cause there's some great stuff here (including a version of the original television theme song sung by Steve Lawrence (I have a version sung by Peggy Lee in my collection already but this one was very good). Also: Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead by Ella Fitzgerald
Will Ferrell: He's funny. He's ugly-sexy. This also may be the best he's been photographed. He looks to be in better physical shape than he has been in other movies (and we do get a full shot of him naked (with pixelated naughty bits)).
Michael Caine: one of the best things about both the movies I've just seen.
Shirley Maclaine: I can't imagine anyone else in this role. Campy and over the top and you can see that though she's slumming it in this movie, she was probably having a ball.
Jason Schwarzman: equally slumming it. Wasted talent in this movie.
Product Placements in this movie: my Gosh, there were so many! We just got bombarded with them in this film. Granted some were used for great jokes/visual gags, but c'mon people. I realize that they make the world all the more believable on screen. But, the first scene was an extended shopping trip in Bed, Bath and Beyond. One of the joke scene conversations involved Isabel and her father talking in a supermarket and him popping himself onto various products (as seen in the trailer when we see him as the Gorton fisherman...there are at least two other major products shown in that scene that Michael Caine is superimposed over). Many more things like that throughout.
The thing that I found really odd about this movie was that there were times when I think though they came up with this heavy meta concept (instead of doing a straight forward remake, they are doing a show within a show about actors doing a remake of Bewitched and the actress hired to play the part of Samantha is secretly a witch), they got stuck and wanted to use characters from the original show.
Of course, the way they do it could be explained away as both fictional characters appearing as hallucinations (since Aunt Clara's appearance seems to be wiped away by a spell that Isabel casts...and she may well have been conjured up by Isabel...the same could be said for Uncle Arthur's appearance...hallucination of Jack's or conjured up by Isabel to lead Jack to her). However, they seemed strange, 'cause they have to be explained in this weird way.
The appearance of the Kravitz' is also like this...is it in the inner show or is it part of the fictional world of Bewitched somehow coming to life because Isabel is conjuring it up?
I mean, I enjoyed it while I was sitting there. It didn't offend me or anything. It's just not something that I'm gonna rush out and buy on DVD (I can wait until it's cheap).