Monday, June 21, 2010

Wasted Postage: Reports from the Netflix Theater

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
There are few things more annoying than listening to an 8-year-old make things up as he goes along for 90 minutes. Also, I don't care about the relationship problems of imaginary beasts in an imaginary forest (whether they are metaphorical or not). At least it all looked really pretty. C-

Up in the Air (2009)
A movie of our nation's time and place, even if it's most obviously exactly that, Up in the Air is good. Honest with its characters, it doesn't gift them easy redemption or eureka revelations, instead allowing them nuanced changes and growth. About 2/3 of the way through, the viewer might begin smelling some whiffs of formulaic rom-com contrivances, but directer Jason Reitman corrects the course for the final act. A- 

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
I watched this on an airplane, alright? Shit was rank. About what I expected, even with director Guy Ritchie's energy. Why does every CGI fest set in 19th century (I think) Europe have identical and desaturated backdrops? Everything looks like a League of Extraordinary Gentleman video game — the blacks aren't really black, the whites are gray and not a red or yellow hue is to be seen. D


Brendan said...

What did you think of the ending to Up in the Air? I always feel like discussing that, though I guess there isn't much to say.

Warped Coasters said...

i liked it, but yeah I dont really have a lot to say about it. did youo see either of the other two movies here? whadya think?

Brendan said...

I saw Where the Wild Things Are. I was astounded at how well the book was adapted to the screen. While Max was annoying, he was well-played, and I was impressed at some of his more emotional scenes. That part where the older kids destroy his snow fort killed me. And while you can look at the whole film as a drawn-out, imaginary rumpus, you also have to understand that you knew that going into the movie- the book is the same thing, only with less words. But if you view it with an eye specifically for the cinematography, music, and characters rather than the movie itself, you'll understand that it's just a vivid and colorful re-imagining of the original story.

I'll also add that my favorite part was when Carol finds that little heart Max made for him in the fort, and he runs out to the beach to see him off, subsequently howling in anguish and love and all. When he saw that heart initially, I was thinking, "Please have an indie-style, hand-held camera running scene." Wish granted. Movie made.

Warped Coasters said...

the opening scene with the snow fort was amazing, as for the rest, I'm not sure why anyone felt the need to adapt that book (which I, as a kid, loved like everyone else) and try to elaborate on what was an original, simple-perfect idea with one unending indie music montage after another, highly annoying domestic issues of imaginary beasts ... positive reviews I read liked the fact that it was a delve into the mind of a child, like the mind of a child could ever really be understood and visualized in detail (also absurd that "the mind" of a child would create complex personal relationship problems of imaginary beasts for his fantasy). I can't quite come to words with how annoying I find this movie.