Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Movie Grievances

Maybe I’m weird, and out of the loop, but I don’t care, I can’t get this issue out of my head.
Yesterday we watched “Nowhere Boy” a movie about John Lennon’s adolescence. I mostly
enjoyed the movie; it was well put together, and well told. The key word in that statement is “mostly”. They had a sex scene that I felt was completely unnecessary, and didn’t contribute to the story in any way, shape or form; if anything it decreased the quality of the movie as a whole. We get it, John messed around a lot. We know this. The whole world knows this; they really didn’t need to do that.
That’s my standing point for all movies, TV shows, and even books: you don’t need it. People who are into that kind of thing have plenty of romance novels and pornography to keep them entertained; they don’t need to put it in my movies too. People, like myself, who watch movies for the acting and the story, don’t need (or want) to see that. We get it. The camera can phase out and go onto a different scene before clothes start hitting the floor, really, really.
The same goes for action scenes. Some of them go on way too long. We get it, they’re fighting…now what. Things like that in real life rarely last very long. Either you’re a good fighter, or you’re not. Luck is on your side, or it isn’t. That’s the way it really goes.
Give me a more expanded and twisted plot; more things going on in the story. You might say that I’ll like things that the British come out with. No. Things that could be summed up in two minutes take them twenty minutes. They even make an exciting plot,like a worldwide epidemic take forever: Okay, main character is fine, world is sick…view the government people panicking…view other people who aren’t important panicking……view the main character in her everyday life as people around the world are becoming ill……see main character’s dysfunctional family…see the government panicking again…see main character start to cough…see main character’s best friend get sick…see dysfunctional family again…main character’s husband starts to wonder if she is sick.
At this pace I have grown old and died before we find out if the main character has the same illness as everyone else, or if she just has a cold and is somehow immune to the disease.
As a result there are only a couple of movies and TV shows that I enjoy completely. Maybe I’m just picky…Nah, the sex scenes are still unnecessary.

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