Not the best Gilliam movie ever, but entertaining and fun. I wasn't worried about Matt Damon's acting (I like him. He won me over in The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was possibly the crappiest adaptation of a book ever but he was a decent Ripley (Except they gave him a conscience--what was that all about? But I blame the director/producer/Hollywood execs for that.) I will also say that the amazingly creepy Philip Seymour Hoffman was absolutely perfect in that movie and Jude Law was decent. Other than that, yuck-o. Crap-o-la.) but I was more concerned about Heath Ledger since I'd only ever seen him in two movies--10 Things I Hate about You, which was wonderful but Julia Stiles completely outshone him and the suckulous A Knight's Tale. (Why? Why would he go after the most boring character in the movie instead of the awesome blacksmith lady? Dumb.)
Back to Grimm... sorry. It was fun. Creepy in bits, Jonathan Pryce was wonderful (not surprising), it was all very... Gilliam. You'll see what I mean.
Here's my only issue with this movie. Netflix described it as a "dark comedy". Now, I like comedies, and I love--LOVE--dark comedies. This was not a dark comedy. Any movie (spoiler warning) where three soldiers are trying to help a group of refugees over the border and the viewer is worried that the other soldiers are going to let them pass and then shoot them all in the back is not a comedy, dark or not.
The movie itself was good, though. I've decided that I really, really like Mark Wahlberg.
So there I was, innocently looking around for a list of the books that Laurie Taylor & Co. have taken issue with (there's one at the end of an article I linked to a while ago, but I was looking for something a bit more organized), when I came across an essay about her "Noble Crusade".
The essay was pretty much what I expected--the author didn't seem to have any issue with judging the books based on excerpts, rather than the full text. Pretty par for the course.
But then I hit the comments. Get a load of this one (I left the punctuation and spelling as is--just remember that this is a homeschooling parent):
I believe you. I am a homeschool mom and I quit using the public library years ago when we found a book in the juvenile section about witches and it showed them in all sorts of sexual positions and how to cast spells and things that I am ashamed to say. I put it down after 3 pages and came home and washed my hands. We do have a large number of people out there who do worship satan. We do not like to think so. Our governments and all arenas have been infiltrated with them . We never use the library.There are also a large amount of lesbians there. We call it the withch house.
Yep. The withch house. This lady was so hardcore that the plan2succeed crew almost kind of defended libraries. Almost. Kind of:
Catholic, my group is attempting to get public libraries to comply with existing law. We expose all kinds of things about libraries. We expose outrageous statements by library leaders. But I can say that so long as you review each book to be read by the child, remain with your child 100% of the time, even in the bathrooms, go during peak hours -- not late at night around closing time, and stay away from the Internet computers and printers, there is an almost 100% chance that you can appropriately protect your own child in your own way while still enjoying your public library.
And not all libraries are so bad as you say. Look around and find ones that are interested in protecting children instead of protecting the ALA. There are some, and my group congratulates them when we find out about them.
Kind of. If you skip the insinuation that your kid might not be safe in the LIBRARY BATHROOM. And the insinuation that porn is oozing out of the computers and printers 24/7. Part of me does wonder if the "withch" lady was someone just pretending to be one of the anti-library crew. But the rest of me thinks that she's genuine. Yikes.
I always get some terrible reviews. When you've written 11 novels and 14 books, being reviewed is largely an exercise in being condescended to by your inferiors. I'm not really concerned about book reviewers. They don't write books themselves. Book reviewers lie. It's been my experience frequently to read a review of a new novel and hear a reviewer say how it ill-compares to a previous novel that that reviewer also ill-reviewed. If you practice writing novels, if you begin a novel by planning it first, which I always do, it's... a piece of architecture. This novel isn't bloated. I've been writing novels since I was 26. People who don't write them can't tell me how to do it.
That's a great way to get decent reviews. It's like going into a restaurant and being mean to the waitress before she gives you your food. Hello! She's handling your food!! BE NICE!!
C'mon, Wes Craven--you can do better than this. If anyone else had made this movie, it would have been fine. Dumb in parts, but fine. But that's the problem. Anyone else could have made this movie. It was just... generic.
Your heroine didn't do stupid things, for the most part. I'll give you that. The beginning of the movie--the airport, the plane--that was well done. It started to fall apart when they landed in Miami. After she got away from Cillian by jamming a pen in his windpipe and escaping onto a train, don't you think that might have been a good time for her to borrow someone's cellphone and call 911? Really. Granted, that might have made plotting the end of the movie more difficult, but it would have made more sense.
Also, the precocious kid. Okay, I'll let you get away with having the kid be the only other person on the plane to notice that Cillian was a creep. (Why didn't you throw in a puppy that didn't like him, too? Did you decide that would be overkill?) The quizzical eyebrow was a little much. But when she trips him by shoving her bag in the aisle, it would have been pretty awesome if he had just bitchslapped her there and then. Because secretly, she was annoying.
And what was that, at the end? Dad gets knocked out. Okay. No big deal. But then we see him wake up. It takes him ten minutes to stand up, grab the gun and save the day? Lame.
I know that you can do better than this. I keep defending you, reminding people about your days of making wonderful ground-breaking movies. Please please please don't prove me wrong again.