Sunday, November 6, 2011
Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz...AND 6 OTHER PEOPLE (what, were they playing telephone around a conference table?)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, and a terribly rendered CG Jeff Bridges
This is a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist is a smart rich kid.
jeeeeeesus boosteebus, this was bad. it didn't make any sense to me at all. i think having a digital world with programs running around like people is a little outdated too. tube technology has come far. those newfangled computers aren't so newfangled anymore. microchips and hula-hoops are more tangible for the modern man. it's no fantasy fantasy where god demands macaroni pictures. it's a piece of thing that fits on your fingertip.
it didn't help that we attempted to watch this during the megadisaster of the october blizzard where the trees were snapping all around us and the power kept flickering like we were in studio 54, and the 3 year old who resides with us was on an amphetamine-like binge of nonsleep. we had to stop and restart many electronics several times until we finally gave up an hour in and finished the rest the next day. by no means am i saying we would have enjoyed this had the fates not been heeding us to stop, but it certainly didn't help with the understanding of the nonsensical mythology. also. the guy, you know, the son? his face really irritated me. he's like a mix of a cat a monkey and disney's tweedle-dee and dum. it made me gnash my teeth.
This was another pretty movie. I guess the acting was OK. I didn't see any real problems with the blocking, and I could always discern the dialog. None of it was particularly special, except for the digital ashram.
I... I... I can't. I just can't. I just can't begin to think about beginning to think about dissecting the technical elements of the universe in the story, so I'll just simply give you the endpoint: What would it have mattered if all these programs became corporeal? You'd have however many people who you now need to feed and clothe and house and everything else, just to take over a planet filled with orders of magnitude of more people. And NOBODY WOULD KNOW HOW TO FUNCTION IN OUR WORLD.
With that in mind, the stakes are reduced to practically zero. OK, this kid wants to get his dad (and himself) back to the real world. OK, that's really difficult. But since the movie isn't framed this way we have no investment in their relationship. So what's the point?
The point is pretty pictures and a desire for delicious dollars.