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Friday, December 7, 2007

The Savages

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A brother and sister (Philip Seymour Hoffman & Laura Linney) find out that their father has dementia, and struggle with their choice to put him in a nursing home.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, Gbenga Akinnagbe, David Zayas

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketStop! It all plays very much like real life. You know what else plays like real life? The annoyed sighing, yawning, and shifting in their seats of the audience. The difference is we, the audience, had the decency not to put our struggle to get through these boring 2 hours on film and assume people would want to watch it.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: My friends and I giggled when we realized we had all lost interest in what was happening on the screen.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: You'll have to bring your own personal baggage to the theater if you want to achieve tears this time. Preferably something to do with a parent who mistreated you as a child, and now hardly knows who you are, due to dementia... although I'm sure Alzheimer's or amnesia would do the trick, as well.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The Spirit Awards have the annoying habit of confusing the terms "boring" and "great," when they're deciding who to recognize. As was to be expected, they nominated this one for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney live up to their reputations as indy darlings.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The film has a very independent, low budget look. It starts out with some interesting stylized shots of old ladies dancing in cheer leading outfits, but soon forgets where it started. The established style gets completely dropped. The one consistency is the frequent shots of the sky. Bo-ring.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: I'm so tired of "small film" being equated with "pointless film." This is the kind of story that keeps audiences away from small movies.

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Seek said...
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Seek said...

I don't agree with your rating on this one. Giving it a "red light" isn't fair to potential movie-goers. I honestly LOVED THE ENDING, SO much more than ANY movie I've ever seen. Really! I was absolutely delirious to see those long-awaited credits FINALLY begin to roll--so I could run outside to SCREAM at the top of me lungs!!!! I'd have clawed my way out of the theater sooner, but I didn't dare to wake the few actual survivors. Instead of a giving this film a "red light", how about flashing signs saying, "NO-WAY ROAD!", "DEAD BEGINNING/MIDDLE/END", and/or "BACK OUT OR SUFFER SERIOUS BRAIN DAMAGE!" Just like the unfortunate main character of "Savages", I too began to experience dementia less than halfway through the psychologically-grueling ordeal.

"The SAD Ages", "The Sloth-ages", "A Savage Waste of Time & Money For All Ages"!

An accidental overdose of Viagra (or any drug for that matter) might have made this non-cinematic "bitter pill" potentially swallowable or at least a tolerable comedy--for a half hour or so. Instead, it played out more like a horror epic...Oh! Wait a minute...It must be a thinly disguised propaganda film to promote senior euthanasia and population control.

Monique said...

lol, Seek! You had me going for a second there, but yeah, at my screening there actually were people outside screaming afterwards. And I like your euthanasia theory. Cuz if you're right, then at least the movie would have a point.