Your bitter take on this too-sweet flick made my day. Thanks.
I am late to this party, but that movie was awesome. Not enough laughs? I almost spit my drink out after about every line steve carell delivered. the subplots were what pushed Cal to evaluate his stance and keep fighting...would you listen to a 13 yr old if he werent so persistent in his quest for love? Why does Gosling need a reason for wanting to help someone that likely reminded him of his late father (oops, didnt catch that?)...in the end Cal stopped souring the mood at Gosling's favorite spot...better than beating Cal up, no?
I would have liked Contagion much more if I felt it was about the exploitation of fear by those in power and those who have the pretense to speak on behalf of the powerless. I just never read that into the film. Part of my intense dislike for it derives from how slick Soderbergh is at making the apocalypse look like art work frozen in time. I hope his next film is more in the vein of "The Limey" and "Solaris," both of which I appreciate very much.
I saw it last night. Liked it a little more than you did, Sal. It stayed with me after I left the theater. I guess I appreciated Soderbergh's "style," the film's stunning realism and meticulous "what if" breakdown of the consequences of a stealth virus pandemic. I think it offered a thought-provoking allegory about our culture of fear and a '70s-disaster-movie-style all-star cast (The Poseidon Adventure gone viral!). With all the great performances, I felt drawn in by the characters even if none was onscreen long enough. There were some truly authentic, moving and intimate moments to appreciate. I do agree though that story was sacrificed at times for shock and awe, and I felt what should have been an arc was more like a bump. It didn't have the highs and lows and super-climactic impact of Soderbergh's Traffic, one of my all-time favorites.
Nice piece, Joe, and great interview on Studio10, which is available on their site, folks.
Well done overview, Joe.
Ick, this was horrible sorry
You're welcome …
Nice rundown, Joe. Thank you for validating the healing power of Taylor Lautner's abs.
Fantastic review, Daniel. A pleasurable read, as always.
Sounds Great- nothing like agood chuckle.
This review of a 0-star movie should get 5 stars. Beautiful irony.
Great review. I was going to stay far away from this movie, but now I'm considering giving it a chance.
Very entertaining movie, just 2 really funny guys being themselves. Remind me to pack a lunch, if I evr go an a trip with these guys, the food looked aweful.
It will be an odd experience for you, Joran. An odd, amplified deja vu, if you will …
We all know the newsroom dinosaurs and the young hot shots on their heels. I can't wait to see this, even if it doesn't dig deep enough. And it's true in any industry. But this hits close to home (flashes of 2008), and with a former member of our extended family in the starring role as well. Can't wait.
Haha, it's cool. I'm all for healthy debate, as long as it's legal.
Sorry Daniel. I didn't mean to "throw you under the bus," as much as I wanted to encourage some healthy debate.
I also enjoy watching grown males fight about superheroes. (This may be illegal in Polk County.)
Well now I guess I have to comment, don't I? Believe me, I think it's a nice, well-done movie. I just wasn't interested in it. I didn't care much about the characters, what was going on, or the outcome (we all know how it ultimately ends, so I suppose that part doesn't matter much anyways). For me, Steve Rogers was bland and the script had none of the witty/cheesy superhero one liners that we grow to love. I can't put my finger on one particular thing, but I just didn't enjoy it.
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