last night i went to see 'funny people'. what an odd movie, almost like 2 movies in one. the first 1/2 of the movie is pretty remarkable. very somber, very dark, surprisingly subtle. and then about 1/2 way through it becomes more like a tv show in terms of the quality of the writing, lighting, acting, and plot. very odd. the first 1/2 is pretty amazing, especially, and surprisingly, adam sandler. it's bleak and surprisingly well acted and surprisingly honest. and then someone pushes a button and it becomes fast paced and conventional and bright and, well, normal. were i to see it again i'd probably stop watching after the peanut butter on the floor scene.
i have a feeling that someone might have said, 'you know, a subtle and dark movie just isn't going to find an audience. you need to give people something conventional and familiar to sink their teeth into.'
i kind of hope judd apatow at some point gives his creative instincts free reign and makes a really subtle, dark, unconventional film. and that's my presumptuous friday afternoon film review. plus $6 bottles of water are clearly a harbinger of the apocalypse.
ok, have a nice weekend.