December 12, 2008
Or Seven Tons (of Crap) as I like to call it. How did this movie get made? Oh, right, Will Smith.
I heard the screenwriter (who was previously a showrunner’s assistant on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and some other kiddie fare program) based the story on the Merchant of Venice and the idea that a creditor demands a pound of flesh.
Unfortunately, Seven Pounds doesn’t have a creditor demanding anything. As a matter of fact, there isn’t an antagonist to be found. How can we root for the protagonist if there isn’t an antagonist? It was similar in a way to 21 Grams (in addition to their titles) in that they are both basically sappy Lifetime movies made non-linear to add an edge and a sprinkle of star power to give it the feel of a feature.
I don’t have anything good to say about this movie. It was predictable. The story was awful. The dialogue was on-the-nose. It was preachy. There was no conflict. The acting was sub-par. The music was uninspired. And the trailer makes the movie look way better than it is.
But the worst thing about it? It’s actually fooling people into thinking it’s good. I’ve heard that some of the Academy elders thought it was great.
Rating: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
How do I get my 2 hours back?
December 10, 2008
I certainly wasn’t jazzed to see this movie, even though I heard it was good. I mean, who needs another movie about politics?
But, guess what?
This isn’t a movie about politics. It’s a movie about people. Human beings. Their wants. Their needs. Their flaws. Their goals.
And I was moved. To laughter. To tears. The whole ball of wax. And what surprised me most of all was that I was really moved by Richard Nixon. Thanks to writer Peter Morgan, Ron Howard and especially Frank Langella, Richard Nixon was portrayed as a human being. I could relate to him. And feel for him. Even though he was the antagonist, I found myself rooting for him…hoping for a different outcome. If only he could have had a do-over.
I think this is Ron Howard’s best film to date. I think every writer and filmmaker should see it. If only to learn that it’s great characters that result in great stories/movies.
And one last thing…major kudos for Peter Morgan. He adapted his play into a screenplay, skillfully opening it up to make it cinematic (yes, I’m sure Ron Howard had a lot to do with that too). There was not one frame of the movie that made me feel like it came from a stage play. Unlike another movie that is coming out this Friday.
Rating: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
I loved this movie.
December 8, 2008
…my opinion on the movies I see. Straight from the heart. I believe movies should move me…to laughter, to tears, to anger, to wonderment…I don’t care. As long as I’m moved. I am not swayed by the marketing nor the opinions of others. I’m here to call it as I see it. The good, the bad and the ugly. No holds barred.
What I’ve seen lately and will be opining on soon: