Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.
Jul 06
Comments Off on Knitting Movie Review – White House Down (no spoilers)
Category: knitting & crocheting, movie reviews

1. This movie was a whole lot better than Olympus has Fallen. I quite enjoyed it and look forward to seeing it again via DVD.
2. The personal story was better – ie the beginning of this movie didn’t resemble Bambi.
3. I liked this president better. Jamie Foxx was likable/charming/funny/playing a well-written character.
4. …and I liked the costuming better. If you’re going to hire an action star with great arms, you should hire a costume designer smart enough to figure out a way to make sleeveless work with the script.

5. I mean, I’m not saying I would have complained about Channing Tatum wearing an aran sweater, but it would have made a lot less sense.

6. He’s wearing a lot of knitwear in The Vow, so it you are in the mood for Channing Tatum in a sweater, that’s your movie.

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I struggled with whether I was going to review this movie on the blog because I didn’t know if I wanted to admit to having seen it. It was that vulgar. So….don’t go see this one with your dear sweet mother. That being said, I thought most of the movie was pretty funny. A couple of times, I thought, “too far. seriously, too far.” but overall, I was amused. The main reasons I decided to confess to having seen this movie are James Franco and his cardigan(s).

I don’t know if the cardigan he wore for most of the movie is a hand knit, but he’s playing himself in the movie and he seems like the kind of guy that would own a couple of nice cardigans.
James Franco's Cardigan

At some point, he seems to have said during an interview, “I’m a big cardigan sweater guy.” I knew there was something I liked about him.
James Franco - cardigan

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1. First, the Iron Man theme song is my favorite thing about the franchise and I wanted more.
2. Adam Pally (Max from Happy Endings) was wearing a stranded sweater under an unbuttoned flannel and jacket, but he was only in the movie for one hot minute, so finding a pic of him wasn’t feasible (translation: I tried). Here’s something similar, but the one Adam was sporting had a lighter, more airy pattern that was also a bit less snowflakey. I’ve never considered wearing a flannel over a sweater and I’m not sure I’m a fan of that look.
3. Iron Man’s young helper friend (Ty Simpkins) was wearing a pretty cute knit hat at one point, but sadly, I cannot seem to locate a pic of that either (boo!). This one has the same aura, but Ty’s did not have a pom pom and had a brim that was rolled up.
4. This movie had a shot of the Audi e-tron and it is nice. But, if it were me and I had somewhere between $100-200k to spend on a car, I’d still go for a Tesla.


Audi e-tron


Tesla Roadster

5. I digress. Overall, the movie was quite good for a third film. Plenty of nice action sequences and special effects. As a smart geeky type, Iron Man is definitely on my preferred list of superheroes and I continue to think Robert Downey, Jr. fits the role well. Gwyneth Paltrow is Pepper Potts. Warning: this movie is likely to make you want to go for a jog – everyone looks great. And finally, I am always amazed that Guy Pearce makes as good a bad guy as he does a good guy. He’s versatile to say the least.

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