I used to think that I thought of Soap Operas as too cheesy, and not really a valid art form. After talking about it’s merits in class I realized that I actually kind of like the Soaps. I mean, I pretty much grew up watching them. It was fun for me to watch the episode of Days of Our Lives and catch up on the lives of characters that I remember watching when I was a little kid. I mean, the work that goes into each episode, and the care that they take with the story lines, not to mention the very distinct soap opera style, in my mind makes it just as valid as any other show on television. It was a little surprising to me that a lot of the people in class seemed to agree. Of course almost everyone thought that it was cheesy, but it still seemed to be generally agreed that Soap Operas deserved respect in their own right. That was pretty cool.
Yeeeeah I’m not a fan of mumblecore. It’s not because it was low budget. It’s not because they used amateur actors. It’s because it wasn’t interesting to me. I appreciate what they’re trying to do. They want to show a “slice of life.” Well, the thing is, slices of everyday life are kind of boring. At least the slices of life that this movie tried to show were boring. Because there have been slices of my life that have been a lot more interesting than the slice that I saw in this movie. And maybe that was just this movie. Maybe there are other movies that classify as mumblecore that I’d find enjoyable. Maybe. Just not this one. The characters themselves weren’t even that interesting, and the fact that there was pretty much no plot just made them even less interesting. Like I said, I appreciate what they were trying to do with the movie, but it just wasn’t for me.
I really enjoyed this movie for the most pat. I thought it was really cute and entertaining. I didn’t really see how it was a musical though. When I heard it was supposed to be a musical I expected something like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. I noticed that music was used a lot, but I couldn’t really find what made the movie a musical. That’s really all I have to say about the movie. It was cute. I was entertained.
So I’m not really one to take that much notice when there are patterns in a director’s movies. Mostly because half the time I’m not even paying attention to whose movie I’m watching. The only guy who really comes to mind right off the bat when it comes to stuff like that is Tim Burton. I know, duh. It’s a pretty well known fact that Tim Burton likes to make dark, quirky, gothy movies. He also loves him some Johnny Depp.
A Tim Burton movie comes out, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter being weird in a blue-tinted world. Standard formula. We all know the drill. But then some people come along saying, “Oooh surprise surprise! Can’t he cast someone else?” or “Oooh his movies all look the same.” Well, yeah. He could easily cast someone else. But why do that when you already have actors you know and trust? And he could totally change it up and direct a sunny Rom-Com if he wanted to. But why should he? As an artist, he has a style. It’s what makes a Tim Burton movie a Tim Burton movie. Why can’t some people just enjoy his style for what it is, instead of griping about how he doesn’t do anything different. It’s his thing. And in my opinion, his thing is pretty good.
All in all I really enjoyed this movie. I’m never sure if I’m gonna like black and white films. I guess I don’t think they’ll be as exciting or engaging, but I was fully engaged the whole time with this movie. I enjoyed the directing, I enjoyed the acting, and I enjoyed the story. The only thing that I didn’t really like was the use of music during certain parts. It seemed a little bit overbearing to me. It’s like, okay we get it. Something dramatic is happening now. Thank you. I really enjoyed the fact that the movie wasn’t that long. It pretty much got to the exciting part in a good amount of time. Nothing was dragged out unnecessarily. I have a short attention span sometimes, and I would have gotten restless after a certain point. And the fact that it was kind of open ended was a nice surprise. I mean, it’s implied that they day is saved, but you don’t really know for sure. I like being left to ponder the outcome at the end of a movie. A good flick overall in my book.
Side note: Was the doctor a smooth operator or what? Am I right ladies?
Montages. Looking back, that’s what first comes to mind. Lots and lots of montages. How did they even pick the movies that went into that first “Magic of the Movies” montage? Austin Powers? Twihligt?? What??? When were those movies dubbed as “magical” as The Shawshank Redemption or Forrest Gump? I don’t know. Maybe I missed something. Let’s not even talk about the fact that Justin Bieber made an appearance in Billy Crystals opening montage.
Maybe standards just weren’t present at this years Oscars. That’s a little harsh I guess. But I mean, come on. The hokiness of the montages. The fact that The Iron Lady got an award for anything. The fact that another old white comedian got to host. It all left me with a feeling of “Eh.” Maybe next year the presence of Angelina’s leg won’t be the most interesting part of the ceremony.