I’ve been increasingly disappointed with the fare coming out of Hollywood over the last few years. Case in point, the last comedy I tried to watch, called She’s Out of My League. I managed to sit through half of this pile of refuse disguising itself as a movie before finally giving up. It was a series of “How badly can we humiliate this poor chump” scenes, and “How stupid can we make the supporting cast look in the meantime?” All no doubt tied up neatly in a bow with a fairy tale ending. :Z I didn’t stick around for that.
This was supposed to be a romantic comedy, a field strewn with steaming piles of buffalo bagels in the last few decades. Hollywood has lost the touch for this type of movie, and only now and again does one slip through worth watching.
I tried to find an antidote, and watched an old favorite from 2004 called Before Sunset. It is the sequel to an equally good movie from a decade earlier called Before Sunrise. They are inextricably tied together, both with an impossible romantic theme, and not to everyone’s taste, since there is nothing explicit, there is no great drama, and the two leads talk incessantly. But somehow they are both charming in a way that few modern movies match. Very near the end of Before Sunset, when Julie Delphy sings her waltz to Ethan Hawke, there is a moment of emotion and romance spanning years of separation that very few new movies can come close to.
There are only a handful of other examples that I find have any charm at all from the Hollywood crapola machine from the last 20 yrs…While You Were Sleeping, Serendipity, Lost in Translation (not to everyone’s taste)…and a few other romantic films that aren’t comedies, like Snow Falling on Cedars. If the final scene between Hatsue and Ishmael doesn’t break your heart in that movie, you are beyond redemption.
So, not much of a rant, I know, but I have just about given up on new movies coming out with any gift of charm, wit and romance combined.
Anyone have a similar distaste for the movie choices we have these days? Even in a different genre, you are welcome to complain in here.