Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A Tale of Two Films

Once upon a time there was a woman who lived in the suburbs of a city. She worked hard all week and so jealously guarded her free time. She enjoyed doing many things but once of her favourite things was watching a good film, preferably with a glass of wine or something chocolately. One weekend she watched two films. The first film was something she wasn't expecting to enjoy, while the second film seemed to be just right.

The first film was 'Letters From Iwo Jima' and although it was not a happy film, she thoroughly enjoyed it. It had wonderful directing and was beautifully shot. The story was touching and yet never resorted to cheap emotional tugging of heart strings. It simply seemed to tell the story of the men who fought on that island. It exceeded her expectations.



The second film was 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'. This film had a great action pedigree and although Harrison Ford was as fantastic as ever she was thoroughly disappointed by it. It seemed to rely far too much on Green screen and CGI effects at the expense of the story, which was so far fetched that she simply wasn't buying it.



Isn't it funny how life hardly ever turns out the way you thought it would?

12 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

That's the story of my life, babe.

utenzi said...

I've not seen either film but what you're saying is the same as what I've heard from others, B-K. I was really hoping that the final Indy Jones movie would be a good one.

Sarch said...

And that is the beauty of it my friend :)

I like the fact that although you were disppointed by the Indiana Jones movie, it was replaced with an unexpected surpise.

Ain't life grand?!

Great post by the way for someone with bloggers block ;)

kenju said...

I haven't sen either of them, but I'll take your review into account if I do.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I absolutely LOVED "Letters From Iwo Jima"...I saw the first film that Eastwood directedf about Iwo Jima from the point of view of those men who put the flag up in that famous picture,,,,Abd then saw "Letters" after that....The impact was quite extrordinary and frankly I thought "Letters" was a better film in every way, because of all the things you said. It didn't seem like a dramatic film, it seemed like a fantastic documentary that held a poswerful emotional wallop...! I was very veery moved by it.

I have not seen the NEW Indiana Jones film--(I will have to wait for the DVD), but at the risk of sounding like a heretic, I have nver been a big fan of that franchise. Oh I can see the fun in it and all, but...these kinds of films are just not my cup of tea. So, I am looking forward o "SEX AND THE CITY" and wish I could see that one, today! (lol)
Dear INDIANA JONES---well, I am not unhappy that I have to wait for the DVD!

You had a full film time, dear B-K, didn't you? Oh how I used to LOVE going to the movies in a big dark theatre....with a really nice big screen...! I do miss that experience.

Dianne said...

If they had just let Indiana Jones BE Indiana Jones.

All I've heard from everyone is how the pushed the envelope and not in a good way.

Melody said...

At least you got to see a movie. And at a cinema. I'm jealous enough at that!!

R. Sherman said...

I can't decide about the Indiana Jones movie. I've seen good reviews and I've seen it panned. My problem is I have too many good memories of the first one and I worry about dashing my expectations.

Cheers.

Sue said...

Occasionally I see something that really surprises me-totally unexpected. Not that I walk around bored. "Oh yes, I expected that squirrell to run accros the lawn just LIKE that!" Maybe I should get out more...
The last movie I saw that shut me up was "V for Vendetta". No, wait "Rennaissance".

moon said...

I saw Indiana Jones..and I enjoyed it lol...who knows, maybe cause I rarely go to the movies so its special when I do...big fan of the series...and I have to agree with u on the green screen ect...but I was still very entertained lol.

one little acorn said...

I should have given Indiana a miss too - very disappointing they relied on a modern/techo twist. Totally unbelievable. Not the far-fetched original theme that COULD be believed with a bit of imagination and humour!

Should have stuck with the original formula and it would have been a winner.

Shephard said...

That's exactly how we felt about Indiana Jones/Crystal Skull. We liked it for what it was, but we so weren't buying it. Attack monkeys?? Really??? lol

~S