Sunday, November 15, 2009

2012: The Movie

By now, it's pretty much common knowledge that I love the movie Independence Day. I love it for many reasons: Bill Pullman as the President; Jeff Goldblum's cheeky geekiness; the idea of world unity; the pre-battle Independence Day speech that makes me get all teary-eyed every. single. time.

I also, despite the sardonic disapproval of some others, love Armageddon. Despite the fact that some people somehow find it campy and silly, I always enjoy watching it. Even though I know substantial parts of it by heart. I mean, come on! Billy Bob Thornton as a NASA genius? Bruce Willis as a guy who shoots a gun on an oil rig? The biggest bunch of misfits who are the only people who can save the Earth from destruction? And (again) a speech that inevitably makes me cry?

My love for these two movies should have indicated that I'd love 2012, as well. I was still a bit skeptical, though, right up until the movie started. Once it had gotten going, I knew I was going to love it, too.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of conspiracies (middle school Amy, however, was a totally different story), and I find all of this 2012 Apocalypse hoopla to be nonsense. But let me tell you, it makes a great premise for a disaster movie.

2012 got everything right as far as disaster movies go: it gave proper explanation for the disaster at hand, gave said disaster impressive (but not over-the-top) special effects, but at the same time did not treat the disaster as the main character. It has all of the different, appealing, and ultimately intertwined relationships as ID4. It has all the last minute heroics of Armageddon. It has suspense and intrigue and questions about humanity and, ultimately, that all-important sense of we're all in this together.

And, yes, it made me cry.

Surprise, surprise.


  1. Conspiracy theories! Remember when we thought "Bill" was working for the government? And I do remember one particular time riding our bikes the summer after 8th grade and seeing an abnormal number of white vans...

  2. Ok, so evidently I mentally lump my conspiracy theory days with middle school.

    Pre-age 16 Amy was a totally different story as far as conspiracy theories go.

  3. Yes, the movie had killer special effects (no pun intended, heh), but the movie lost all respect with me when the last quote of the movie was the little girl saying, "no more pullups." REALLY!?!?

  4. Ooh Amy... I game up respect with this movie when he drove the limo through a falling skyscraper and all that happened was it got a little dusty. I could make a long list about this 2-1/2 hour train wreck but will just agree that the special effects were amazing.

    P.S. I also believe there was a period where squirrels were government spies.

  5. I love you all, but do we really need to keep bringing up more examples of my past crazy beliefs?