October 18, 2010
For the most part, I really enjoyed it. Especially the first half, where everything came out of left field and bowled me over. (“I’m getting a pig!”) Oddly enough, the pacing in the second half fell off quite a bit, but the amazing cast carried it forward. I want to see Malkovich in more “OMG he’s really crazy” roles rather than just the belligerent eccentric he usually plays.
And Helen Mirren firing a tripod-mounted machine gun. The whole thing is worth it for just for that.
What I hated: I really hate romantic storylines in which the hero is rewarded for truly squicky stalker behavior. Not to mention the whole kidnapping thing. Can we say Stockholm Syndrome? That wasn’t a romance, that was a diagnosable disorder requiring therapy.
And Red got so very, very close to passing the Bechdel Test…and just missed it. Damn.