Dec 30, 2004

Three short reviews

House of the Flying Daggers

All genre, no story.

What made the director's Hero so fantastic was it’s way of telling an interesting and uncommon story. The reviewers, at least, seem to be so distracted by the genre they’ve forgotten it’s a story telling technique.

A Very Long Engagement

A tragic toned love story upset by whimsy, leaving everything, in the end, off-kilter.

It was interesting, however, to see the Great War's French-mud trenches as a backdrop in a contemporary film. A lot of symbolism and imagery that we know, literarily, get used (or at least I saw the possibility of it getting used) cinematically.

Lemony Snciket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

A deliciously gothicly dark children’s story, making fun of happy endings and still holding that “there’s always a way,” in the gloomful-imagination tradition of Where the Wild Things Are and Edward Gorey.

A great performance by Meryl Streep being spastic, phobic and quirky. Curiously, subtitles are used to translate the baby’s dialogue of humorous comments and they got great laughs from the children in the audience.