Last week marked my first trip to Ireland-and also my first time flying Air Lingus, one of Ireland’s largest air lines. Now, if you know anything about me, I like my creature comforts, especially while travelling. So imagine my surprise when I boarded the flight to Shannon to find a small TV just for me! Air Lingus is like the larger, international cousin of Jet Blue or Virgin America.
Unlike those other airlines, there’s no network or cable TV stations; everything is on demand, from a handful of TV series to several first run movies. For free. Did I mention this was the best part? On the way to Ireland, I was more focused on catching some zzz’s than watching movies, but on the way back, it was on. Dude, they even had Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Instead of doing a repeater, I watched two flicks I hadn’t seen before.
First up was Contagion, the “disease is everywhere” thriller that came out in September. This had been on my list for a while, as I love a good end of the world movie! Contagion has a whole boatload of people in it, including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law, to name a few. Despite the star power, the movie didn’t really do it for me. It all seemed kind of…low intensity. There were some scenes of looting and public freakouts, but not nearly as many as you would suspect had this contagious disease outbreak been for real. I thought it was just fine; don’t expect to see Contagion on any awards lists this season!
Next up was another movie I’d been wanting to see, Horrible Bosses. Seriously. Why did no one TELL me that this movie is hilarious? Legitimately laugh out loud (on an airplane surrounded by strangers, no less) funny?
I love this movie. It’s was such a nice mix of what I would consider overly done genres, the buddy/dude comedy and the bumbling idiots trying to execute some kind of crazy plan. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day were really funny, and the bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Ferrell and Jennifer Aniston were all fantastic, and really, really horrible. Jamie Foxx is also here, in a small, but impactful role…as a character named Motherf*cker Jones. I actually wish this movie wasn’t so funny, so I could’ve looked less like a jerk and more like a normal person to all those people on the flight I’ll never see again…
Anyone else like Horrible Bosses as much as I did? If you’re late to that party like me, get thee to a Redbox stat!