Friday, April 9, 2010

Rant: Movies

This movie looked interesting from the trailer. I had actually considered seeing at the theatre but never did. I put it on my Netflix list and it came this week.

I hated it.

I do not like movies that end without an ending. I know that life is rarely tied up in a neat little conclusion but I want my entertainment to be a full experience. Make me laugh, cry or think and then leave me with an ending - doesn't have to be a happy ending every time but do end it. A conclusion, a period at the end of the sentence is a good thing in my book. I don't want to make up my own ending - I just paid YOU to take me on a journey and I ain't gonna be happy if you unceremoniously dump me in off mid-route.

That's just me.

I can't think of the last time I went to the theatre and left feeling that I got my money's worth. First of all, I rarely go to the movies anymore, despite loving the movie experience, because there is so little that is theatre ticket worthy. I saw Avatar and thought it was artistically beautiful but James Cameron was so stinkin' heavy handed with his shoved down your throat agendas that it was hard to not feel a bit beat up. The message was sugar coated in a beautiful, gloriously luminescent hard candy outer shell but message driven it was. And it is a tired message that I resent. Yeah yeah - greed, evil and sins against Mother Nature/the indigenous people that get it. Blah blah blah...stomp stomp stomp...bad guys die.

Got it.

We hang on to our Netflix subscription keeping hope alive that maybe there will be something coming that will make it all worthwhile. So far, and for a very long time - not so much. Something enjoyable will come along and that is fun but anything moving and wonderful? My standards have been systematically lowered over the last 3 years until "not sucking" is a compliment.

The sad thing is that there are only so many times you can rewatch the good older movies until you are hungering for something new. You pop in a movie or trek to theatre and pay your $10 and hope. Crap (as an expletive), it is crap (as an adjective).

And don't even get me started on TV.


Shelley said...

We have netflix too - I've been enjoying our nature & documentary type rentals. I like my movies to have an ending too - good or bad.

Bobbie said...

I liked Happy Go Lucky... and I even paid to go to it. Have you seen that? :)

Also, I thought Sunshine Cleaners was a bit fluffy but worthwhile.

AND - Oh my goodness - FANTASTIC MR. FOX.

Of course, despite being disappointed in the ending, I enjoyed Up In The Air.... So you may want to take my suggestions with a grain of salt. ;)

Sandi Keene said...

I have all three in my Netflix Queue based on your advice. I will let you know what I think. Thanks for the recommendations!