We’ve seen several movies lately, but none of them impressed me very much, so instead of individual posts about them I’m just going to make a few comments about each.
I was interested in THE LAST MIMZY because it’s based on a short story by one of my favorite science fiction writers, Henry Kuttner. However, it’s been too long since I read the story, so I don’t know how faithful an adaptation the movie is. I’m guessing, even given the need for updating things, that it’s not very faithful. The movie, about two little kids who find a mysterious artifact, is good-hearted, but that’s part of the problem: it’s not long before everything gets bogged down in touchy-feely political correctness, and that’s not a very good fit with Kuttner’s sly humor.
THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO is a heartwarming, based-on-a-true-story, Fifties-set family drama about a woman who supports her large family by winning advertising contests, coming up with jingles and slogans, etc. The performances are good and there’s a fine sense of time and place, but overall I didn’t find this film very compelling.
THE QUIET AMERICAN is based on a novel by Graham Greene, and I’m pretty sure that this version, starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser, is a remake of an earlier film. But I’m too lazy these days to look up the specifics. It’s also set in the Fifties, in French Indochina (Vietnam) and is full of war, political intrigue, and romance. There are some good scenes here and there, but the slow pace made it hard for me to stay awake. This is also one of those movies where everybody mutters and whispers, so that much of the dialogue is incomprehensible. Thank goodness for captions or I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea what was going on.
I guess watching BANDIDAS and GHOST RIDER recently fouled me up. I got this crazy idea that movies are supposed to be entertaining.
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