November 30, 2011
I’ve been having trouble coming up with something to say about this one. There’s a huge amount of hype about it, it’s the movie everyone’s talking about. And pretty much everything everyone’s saying is true. It’s worth it to see because it’s so different than the usual mainstream fare, full of history and nostalgia, stories within stories, great old movies, and gentleness. It’s also rather odd to watch a 3-D movie that isn’t high-octane action-adventure. I’ll be interested to see if other filmmakers take on the challenge of using 3-D to set a scene, rather than make spears poke you in the eye.
It’s a very well made, well thought out, well done movie. I never quite fell into the story, though, because I kept observing how well it was done. That happens sometimes, with very good stories, as well as not so good ones. So the reason I can’t think of what to say is because I’m fairly certain that my reaction to it — that I never emotionally engaged with the story because much of it felt overly familiar, even if technically accomplished — is entirely due to my own idiosyncrasies and has nothing to do with the film at all. I’m also pretty sure my own reaction is butting heads with the rapturous delight I’m seeing from everyone else. I’m thinking, “Well yes it’s good, but that good?” I’m suspicious of so much unqualified enthusiasm, but again, that’s my reaction and not anything to do with the movie at all, I suspect. Maybe I’m just tired of stories featuring wide-eyed precocious orphans. (A bit of note for SF fans, the actor playing Hugo is slated for Ender in the current planned production of Ender’s Game.)
I’m still trying to decide if I can handle seeing War Horse.