Friday, January 18, 2008

Guilty pleasure...?

There is nothing as delicious as playing hooky! And the best thing to do is sneak off to an afternoon movie
Although, in my case, I am not working or in school so I am not playing hooky from anything.
However, today I went to see There Will Be Blood.
And there was.
At first I thought what a marvelous spectacle. What majesty in the scenery and the sound and
of course Daniel Day Lewis is quite an actor. His fingers act! His eyes, his smile very powerful.
Then, I hate to say it, but in an effort to be an epic, the movie gets ponderous, slow and very
very long. Not to mention self indulgent.
As to the end...well, one doesn't need to feel satisfied by an ending in a movie perhaps, but this
was rather stunted. It felt too abrupt, and not worth waiting for so I guess "unsatisfying."
But you decide for yourselves and let me know, won't you? I came home and had a drink!
And I don't even drink.


Kim said...

Totally agree. I felt like at the end they didn't finish the story, but were just tired of filming or had someplace else to be. He got an Oscar nom for it, which was deserved, but the movie is up for Best Picture.
It seemed to be The Year of Very Serious Movies. There will be no laughing during the awards or you will be escorted from the premises.

detectivefiction said...

Thanks for the tip on There Will Be Blood. I try to see all the Academy Award nominees each year, but based on your comments, I don't think I need to see it. The coming attractions were dreadful as well. Couldn't wait for them to end.
Everything you said about Blood is equally appropriate to No Country for Old Men. Exquisitely filmed and directed, but empty at the end. It seems the typical Hollywood ending for the "serious films" of today is only doom and gloom. Did this start with Chinatown?
Next for me is Atonement. Oh, loved Charlie Wilson's War. I didn't think Hanks could pull it off, but he did with gusto.