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Entertain Me

Posted on 2010.08.15 at 20:45
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Current Music: Murphy/Jackman/Vries/Eshkeri - Kick-Ass

Movie critics to me are like armchair quarterbacks. They would keel over and die if they ever had to throw an actual ball, yet they feel qualified to critique another. I gotta tell you, if you never attempted anything creative on your own, I don't have much of an opinion of your opinion of others. I don't even care if you can tell me *why* you enjoyed a movie - though do appreciate it more than when you can't. Then there's me of course - I swallow hook, line and sinker everything I'm supposed to in order to be entertained. For me its less about components which are put in the correct order, and more about storytelling - believability. Not whether or not its "real" rather, whether or not it been sold to me in such a manner I'll accept it as reality.
I stumbled across a RESTRICTED trailer of Kick-Ass online a couple of weeks before its premier, and as I don't watch much television, it was was my first introduction to the movie. I have to admit, it looked really, really good. The critics, however, had another word for it. And for all its supposed geek-appeal, it bombed at the box office - another mention by the critics. That surprised me. Not the disappointing ticket sales, the fact that people who were pandering to a group of ONLINE HACKERS, PIRATES AND MEDIA STREAMERS assumed we'd be out in public. In a theater. The irony slays me.
I'll never be a movie maker. I'll never write, nor direct, a movie. I simply don't have an eye for it. But I sure do appreciate those who do. And I'm not talking about the ones who want to challenge me - by all means do so, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE STORY. I don't care how talented you think you are, if you can't tell a good story, I'm not going to be impressed. I dunno, maybe there's a whole bunch of people out there who don't go to the movies to be entertained. Either way, I'm not one of them.
I enjoyed Kick-Ass more than I thought I would. So much so in fact, that I had to wonder why. Did I identify with the protagonist, and wasn't that the point? Was it too generic - that it could be any of us? All of us? I finally got a chance to watch it again and as someone who has zero opinion of Nicolas Cage, I loved loved loved him in this film. He's a washed-up has been who's strength comes through in his character. Why oh why can't we have more of Nicolas Cage in roles like this? I also enjoyed the camera angles - I wish I could do that. If I were making a movie, I'd mess up the camera angles. I'd shoot everything either straight-on, or so artsy-askew it would ruin the shot. And I wouldn't know when it was appropriate for either.
This also introduces one of the few movies where I grooved on the soundtrack as well as the score, and perhaps more importantly - its use throughout the film. But don't listen to me! I'm an emotional moviegoer who accepts what I see as truth, and expects to be entertained. Kick-Ass sold me a great story, and I enjoyed it. But that just may be the Anna Avenger in me coming out.


dawaioser at 2010-08-16 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
I agree and enjoyed it as well. Nicholas Cage - two thumbs up and trust me, after seeing many of his last roles, I never thought I'd say that again about him. My only complaint is that they allowed the trailer to be edited as if this were a film for kids, when clearly it is far too adult and violent for many children.
michelle1963 at 2010-08-16 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
In my adult life, I have rarely gone to the movies. I have the patience to wait until they come out in some form I can watch at home. The rare exception is movies like Jurassic Park, in which I really wanted the full effect of "big" dinosaurs. (That was probably close to the last time I went to the movies, so it tells you how serious I am about not going.)

As for critics, I can pretty much guarantee that if they hate it, I'll enjoy it. So the critics do work for me, just not in the way they think.
thesweetestnote at 2010-08-16 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
I have yet to see the movie. However, I think you would make a fantastic film maker. You have a certain vision, that I believe, would translate well to film. You shoot what you want to see. Never make anything for critics' sake. I'm not sure where the concept of getting some asshole to tell us what they think about a movie, so we could then decide on seeing it came from but it's bullshit. Same with music.

Anywho, I think with your extensive background in listening to soundtracks, that you could really move a scene. It takes a little time to make greatness but I think you have a lot of the movie making magic in you to start immediately. And with the kids...you have a full cast and crew!!!

I give ya *****'s
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