So, Easter movies.

What are Easter movies? Do they feature bunnies and eggs? Are they distinctly yellow? Or do they teach us about religious events like the crucifixion of Jesus or the 40-year desert walk by the Jews across the Sinai desert?

My definition of an Easter movie is anything that the TV programmers deem worthy to put on their schedule. And there are few movies that involve any of the mentioned factors above. Granted I only randomly turned on the TV and didn’t plan my days around the different movies that were aired, but I still have a feeling that my selection of random titles represent the average Easter movie. One even has a bunny in it 😀

The wonderful drawings come to life in the mind of Beatrix

The wonderful drawings come to life in the mind of Beatrix

The first movie that I just had to watch, simply because I had that movie at hand for about two years when I lived in UK and I NEVER watched it, was Miss Potter. I love anything with Ewan McGregor so sue me. It had bunnies.

This costume drama is the definition of an Easter movie. You would never bother to spend time watching it any other time than when you are stuck at home (or, as you would in Norway, in a cabin) during the holidays. It is slow and the conflicts are so small that you almost don’t notice that they are there. Oh yes, Beatrix’ parents want her to do anything but become a writer, but she has always been a head strong one what with her already having turned down several suiters to her hand, so of course she becomes one. And even the love story that transpires between her and her publisher, which doesn’t have her parents approval either (apparently “no man” is better than “a man of the same means as themselves”, women should marry up) is so perfect and cute that you know that something bad will happen. From that stolen kiss at the train station, you know they are doomed (no one ever kisses before marriage in proper costume dramas, the sexiest thing is a touch of the hand, if they do kiss, hell will rain on their love). So not a happy ending. But still a movie that will leave YOU happy because it gave you about an hour and a half of calm bliss. And let’s not forget the insight it gives into what it was like to be the first (at least one of the first) female writers and illustrators of children’s books.

A good and healthy love story is key. No backstabbing or adultery.

A good and healthy love story is key. No backstabbing or adultery.

This is what an Easter movie is, a slow, slightly enlightening, beautiful bliss. No hard emotions. Not attention grabbing. We watch those kinds of movies all year. During the holiday we have time to sit down, make ourselves a cup of tea and just enjoy the fact that we have the time to watch a movie like this. While we slowly finish off our Easter egg.

Fun fact: In Norway we fill cardboard eggs with pick-and-mix as a tradition for our Easter eggs. I was so surprised when I lived in the UK and they actually had huge chocolate eggs filled with more chocolate. Now I kind of miss it though. Especially Cadbury’s Cream Eggs. Yum!

Of course, whole bout of Easter didn’t result in just one movie, although the total was only a surprising three. We have been slightly addicted to the ingenious drama “Walking Dead” and spent a lot of time catching up on episodes there as well as spending some time celebrating in the Jewish and Moroccan traditional ways (which I find more intriguing than the Christian ways). Basically we have one afternoon having a Pesar dinner after which the Jews recollect the 40 years that were spent crossing the Sinai desert by spending a week not eating anything made from flour or yeast (that is; no bread or cakes). They have one type of flatbread called Matza that they can eat, and boy do they get creative with that. A week after Pesar, it is a Moroccan tradition (my bf’s mother is originally from Morocco) to get together again and eat loads of cakes and sweets as well as a kind of pancake (Mufleta) that you put honey, rose jam, butter or any kind of stuff on. It is an experience I hope many non-Jews and non-Moroccans will have the joy of experiencing.

Anywho, back to a short relay of the other two movies we watched.

Of course, since I am from Norway, one of the movies HAD to be a crime story. I don’t know if the rest of the world does this, but during Easter there are multiple crime series on television and people stock up on crime books to bring with them to their cabin in the mountain. Maybe that is why Scandinavia has now become known as a place for good crime stories since there is a yearly market for it. Instead of going for a Norwegian crime story, like “Headhunters”, we decided that it was about time that I finally watched “Fargo” by the Coen-brothers.

 

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I LOVE the Coen-brothers for their quirky characters and their way of making pointless conversations say so much about the people in their stories. And boy I wasn’t disappointed here. I don’t want to say a lot about this film, only that it is hilarious (in a Coen/Tarantino way) and that no one should go any further in their lives without having watched it. It has a pregnant detective (Frances McDormand), a weird looking guy (Steve Buscemi) and you know from the get go that shit is going to go very wrong. You just can’t imagine HOW wrong it is actually gonna go. Jah! So watch it! Jah!

Last, but actually not least, we watched the new Judd Apatow comedy “This is 40”.

ThisIs40_20130403I have been skeptical towards this film because of the reviews it has gotten, which claim that the story is weak, and generally I don’t like it when the story is weak. And all the critics were right. There isn’t even weak story, there is no story. The “story line” that they pretend is there is so wafer thin that you forget that they actually tried to hinge these scenes together somehow. But what made me not hate it was that it was Easter, I can waste my time watching stupid movies. AND we laughed. We laughed a lot. It is like watching a series of sketches about what it is like being in your 40s and having a kid in her teens and a slightly younger kid. And dysfunctional families always hits close to home because we might not be AS bad as they are, but we can relate to their situations. And they often react in ways we would never do, but we surely do dream about. So there is your escape. To see what happens when we just do what we want and not think.

I find it amazing that Judd Apatow’s two little girls, who play in this film, are as good as they are. They exaggerate yes, but it is after all a comedy, and what isn’t more fun than being reminded of how absolutely crazy you were as a teenager. It makes me second guess whether I should have children. I don’t know if I could deal with it. For us, a couple in our 20s without any children as of yet, this was a fun look into the future. To see what obstacles will come and be thankful for our living situation right now.

Don’t waste money on this film in a cinema, if it even still runs in the cinemas. It is way more of a “movie night” at home kind of film. Maybe one you put on after the big picture that initially made you want to sit down for a movie, but which has left you so emotionally distraught that you cannot go straight to bed. Save it for one of those days. I guarantee you will like it.

 

This was a little piece of my Easter experience. I hope yours was as wonderfully uneventful as mine 😉

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