Tuesday, May 24, 2011

30 Day Movie Challenge: Day 9

            I decided to do the 30 day movie challenge as a blog series as it ties into my blog activities rather easily and I am once again not blogging my usual series with regularity in spite of saying that I would.
            Today is "A Movie that puts me to sleep", this went back and forth with me.  Mostly I just don't watch movies if I think they are boring, and while I feel I have muscled through several films that are considered classics ("A Clockwork Orange") the only movie I could be said to sleep to the thought of is "Let the Right One In".
This trailer is a lie.

            Yes it has some interesting parts to it, yes it has some grisly portions to it, but Jesus Christ are those instances so few and far between.  There is so much scenery porn in this, lingering pointless establishment shots of empty snowy fields, and then there are the random victims in the movie, you get entire scenes establishing them as there own obnoxious and boring selves talking about nothing interesting.
Also the little boy's hair cut is stupid.

            Here is the thing, they remade this movie and made it much better.  Quicker pace, less character development for nobodies, and cooler action.  The only downside to "Let me In", is the CGI monster form the vampire takes, not saying CGI couldn't have been used, it's just that the one they have looks really unconvincing.
The practical effects are more convincing though.

            I am falling asleep writing this right now.  God, it is like trying to remember a school assembly when an awkward art presentation was made and nobody cared and there was just a droning sound of silent indifference.

            "Let the Right One In" does have something I have noticed about European movies though, and that is scenes without much going on purposefully.  What I mean to say is that the scene is supposed to be the audience watching nothing going on so they can think about what has happened and come to terms with it.  Like the audience would be so taken aback by the gravity of a vampire child that they need a moment to collect themselves.  Hate to break it to them, but "Interview With a Vampire" did that years ago with Kristen Dunst, so really, we need less time than they seem to think.  The same effect takes place in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and while that movie does have scenes of violence that made me sick, I didn't need a minute to reflect on it, I just needed the movie to keep moving forward.  Instead it lingers.  Hell "Tattoo" spent so much time in consideration and so little time establishing characters that I had no idea who the villain was supposed to be during the big revelation.  I kept thinking 'okay, he's the killer... Is that supposed to shock me?' and really the ending of "Right One" wasn't a surprise either, I just sort of shrugged and said, 'okay... so?'
This trailer is a lie too.

            So yeah.  Pretty dull.  Go see the American remake, shit happens in it to people you actually care about because you feel more swept up in the narrative, rather than shit happening and then you getting a little break to contemplate allowing you to take yourself out of the movie, slouch, and groan... then snore.
This trailer is actually pretty accurate.

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