Last night, my husband and I went to see "Shrek II," which was fully as delightful as all the reviews suggest. Since the first "Shrek" (which I've seen a zillion times thanks to my four-year-old niece), the animation has gotten better and I think the writers were more comfortable playing to a grownup audience this time around. We saw it at 9:30 p.m., so there were no children present at all. Still, there were plenty of moments when everyone in the audience laughed out loud - and probably not at the same things that would tickle the kiddies' funnybones.
Tonight we're considering a trip back to the theater to see "Kill Bill II." We finally got around to renting "Kill Bill" last weekend and we both enjoyed it a great deal. I wasn't particularly put off by the violence because it was so over the top and cartoonish (sometimes literally) that it lost any power to disgust (unlike, say, "Pulp Fiction," which contains several images I wish I'd never witnessed, or "Natural Born Killers," which gave me a headache). I'm a sucker for cheesy martial arts movies, so I saw "Kill Bill" as the homage to them that it was intended to be.
This is shaping up to be a great summer for movies. The next "Harry Potter" movie comes out soon, as does the "Spiderman" sequel. I still want to see "Van Helsing" despite all the bad reviews, but I may wait for a matinee. Basically, if a movie includes lots of action, comedy or cartoon characters, count me in.