National Treasure (Walt Disney Pictures, 2004, PG)

I may have discovered the secret of enjoying movies:  low expectations.  All I had known about National Treasure was that it had something to do with a puzzle in American history, and when I learned that it was instead more along the lines of The Da Vinci Code, I wanted nothing to do with it.  My knowledge of history is shaky enough as it is—the last thing I need is another set of false "facts" cluttering up my brain, a la Braveheart and Amadeus.  But I was assured the movie is so unbelievable that would not be a problem, and indeed that I probably wouldn't like it because of the great, glaring impossibilities.

So, armed with that knowledge, I really did enjoy the movie, in the same way that I enjoyed Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Once you know it's ridiculous, it's actually funny. They even got some of the history right.

Between the two of us, we guessed a lot of the plot and even some of the lines, but the movie is about a puzzle so that only added to the enjoyment.  And I always like seeing places I know, like Philadelphia's Franklin Institute and Independence Hall.

The rating is PG, but I didn't find anything that would make me issue a granchild warning—in fact, it reminded me of the McGuyver shows they like so much.
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We have friends at church who were amazed we hadn't seen this yet and recommended it to us. Thanks for another recommendation.

Posted by joyful on Monday, March 01, 2010 at 8:01 pm

What didn't you like about Braveheart?

Posted by katie baker on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hi, Katie -- good to hear from you again.

I loved Braveheart—it was the only R-rated movie we ever took our underage daughter to—but I was severely disappointed to find out later that they'd taken a lot of liberties with history. (Amadeus has the same problem.) I enjoy historical fiction, but only when it's clear what's history and what's fiction. I wish movie makers would either stick with the truth or make up entirely new characters altogether.

Posted by SursumCorda on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at 7:03 pm
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