Oh, how deceptive movie trailers are!
They lie like a drunk’s memory. They can make the worst of all possible movies look like the best piece of filmmaking in history. I can spend hours on Apple’s movie trailer site and just watch them all day. I don’t really need to know the outcomes – I mean, let’s face it, they’re all disappointing for the most part. But the trailers! Wow! Now that’s how you make a movie!
Sometimes I get to see the movies, though, and that’s death. Or at least, it has been lately.
So, the case in point is the movie Blindness, with Julianne Moore and Danny Glover (I didn’t recognize anyone else’s name), based on the 1995 novel of the same name. The author, in making his movie deal, insisted (!) the movie be set in no recognizable country. So the filmmakers, to accommodate the author’s wishes (!!), filmed it in three different countries. I didn’t recognize them. Mission accomplished.
If, however, the mission objective was to entertain me, this fell horribly, dismally short.
It started with so much promise – they always do – but devolved quickly into something about as interesting as watching weeds overtake a lawn. The acting wasn’t believable; the extraordinary poise and calm with which the characters handled their situation seemed better than most would handle a bounced check. Speaking of devolving, the story plodded through stages of humanity breaking down to a base form while the rest of the world raged through what appeared to be an apocalypse.
I won’t say anymore except to comment on the movie being a preachy, snooty literati statement of allegory about “the human condition” and how much humans suck, etc. Same ol’, same ol’. Literati always think they see humanity more clearly than the rest of us lower life forms, who must rely on them to tell us how vile we actually are. Because there isn’t anyone who isn’t hideous — in this case, blind.
Keep your allegories and your social statements. I wanted to be entertained, and wasn’t.
I don’t recommend it, if you haven’t seen it. But the trailer for this thing made it look great. I’d recommend the trailer highly.
And now that I think about it, Julianne Moore’s been in a couple of movies I’ve seen over the last several years which were absolute poop. I wonder if she knows that, and who’s picking her scripts for her? Yeesh.
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