Books Made Into Movies

Books, the original form of entertainment, have been a source of enjoyment for hundreds of years. Then came movies. When you blend the two together, magic happens while other times it misses the mark. Listen in on this lively conversation.

An American Pickle

HBO Max’s first big movie, “An American Pickle” starring Seth Rogan is as humorous as it is touching.

The story of Herschel Greenbaum, who is a worker in a pickle factory it the late 1800’s, who gets transported to modern day New York City by falling into the brine and is preserved for 100 years.

He then meets his only living relative, Ben, also played by Seth Rogan, who is the same age as Herschel, who shows him around the modern world as he pursues his own career in web development.

The movie has a lot of sweet moments delving into the meaning of family and what it means to honor those family members who have come before us.

There are some outright moments of ridiculousness which take away from an otherwise great story but they are forgiven as it can be seen as interjecting some levity into some very deep moments especially since it’s billed as a comedy.

All in all, a very good story and one that I would watch again.

B

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

I don’t usually watch Will Ferrell movies anymore. What used to be fun and niche now always seems to be predictable and boring. 

However, due to a friend’s recommendation, I watched “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.”

What may be surprising here is that I’m not about to say that I was pleasantly surprised or that this changed my opinion on the modern day Will Ferrell. 

What I will say is that this is a mindlessly fun Netflix movie that is easy to click play on and enjoy to a degree.

The saving grace of the film is Rachel McAdams, usually a dramatic/romantic actress who has a lot of fun in her role as Sigrit and you revel in her enjoyment of the performance.

Yes, there are a lot of sex jokes. Yes, there are a lot of Will Ferrell not getting a situation he could clearly understand. Yes, this absolutely didn’t need to be just over two hours. 

But, if you’re looking for some easily digestible entertainment and you already have a Netflix subscription, it’s a fair choice.

C