I was asked by Larra Clark, Media Relations Manager for ALAâ€™s Public Information Office if I would consider writing a review of TNTâ€™s made-for-tv movie,â€œThe Librarian: Quest for the Spear.â€? I had no plans to watch it, as it didnâ€™t seem very interesting, and seemed to be a cheesy morphing of other movies: Buffy vs. Tomb Raiders of the Lost Ark or something like that. But, I gave two hours to the home team to have a look at this stanky-*ss movie. ALA got my much briefer, more tempered (although no less negative) review.
The difficulty in reviewing this is that I was focusing on the portrayal of librarians. If Iâ€™d taken it as the campy fun for which it was, hopefully, intended, I might have enjoyed it more. I suspect that this will become a librarian cult classic, alongside Desk Set and Party Girl. As is, I groaned and smacked my forehead throughout the movie. My 13-year-old joined me as a co-reviewer.
What follows is a blow-by-blow running commentary. If you didnâ€™t watch the movie, be glad you didn't.
Okay...I've softened a bit. Go ahead and watch it. Don't take my word for it. It's like Velveeta...a guilty pleasure, and pretty cheesy.