Sunday, April 13, 2008

Don't Bother

I don't normally do movie reviews. SME and Wandering Coyote do a much better job reviewing movies than I ever could. After watching this film last night, I felt compelled to warn my friends.

The title of this post just about sums up my opinion of this movie. This film starts out s-l-o-w and STAYS s-l-o-w throughout its entire 158 minute running time. That's 2 1/2 hours of my life that I'll never get back. I didn't totally waste my time, as I cooked dinner through the first hour of the movie.

The plot line, the oil wars of the early 1900s, had potential. Unfortunately, the producers of this film chose their idea of artsy-fartsy, rather than developing an informational plot that would hold the viewers attention.

I should have known better. The only Daniel Day-Lewis film I've ever enjoyed was Gangs of New York. Could anybody please tell me WHY Lewis won an Oscar for this role? Lewis spent most of the film staring sullenly into the camera. I guess his portrayal of a maniacal drunk, at the end of the film, is what the Academy based their nomination on.

Was this the worst film I've ever seen? Nah, but it's found a place in my top ten.

19 Comments:

At 4/13/2008 9:41 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, I'm so surprised you didn't like this! I thought it was excellent and DDL did a fantastic job! Ah well; each to her own, right?

 
At 4/13/2008 12:11 PM, Blogger mister anchovy said...

I too thought this was a fine film....

 
At 4/13/2008 1:24 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I hate Daniel Day Lewis, so I probably won't.

 
At 4/13/2008 2:02 PM, Blogger SME said...

You didn't have to warn me; after reading The Jungle, I'll be staying away from Upton Sinclair-related things for a looooong time to come. D. Pressing.

 
At 4/14/2008 9:29 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

This is on my list of things to see. Sorry you didn't like it.

 
At 4/14/2008 9:55 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

I have heard of it but its not on a list to see. I want to see the movie 300 yet. I have gotten to see I Am Legend now.. So I am partially happy. Oh by the way I e-mailed you last night and we have a slight change of plans. We are coming home but not staying at the Holiday Inn. We are going to go camping... Yes camping in early May. I will do a post on it later.

 
At 4/14/2008 10:58 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

I've been wondering if this was a movie we should rent or not. If it's D. Pressing (good one, SME) I shall pass, I think. Not in the mood for that!

Thanks for the heads-up!

 
At 4/14/2008 10:27 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Thanks for the heads up! I can't deal with snoozer films.

 
At 4/14/2008 10:32 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Tshsmom: please humour me a moment while I post a link to my rather glowing review of this flick over at my place.

There Will Be Blood.

Of course everyone is entitled to her opinion - that's not my point here! I just want to provide an alternate perspective. I hope you're cool with that...

 
At 4/15/2008 11:38 AM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

LOL, "it's found a place in my top ten."! Thanks, I find DDL a bit too tedious for Tinselgrad.

 
At 4/15/2008 3:36 PM, Blogger Candace said...

Thanks for the warning! The trailer had made me curious about this film, but I see now that it is NOT my kind of movie. :-P

 
At 4/16/2008 8:35 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

I have been planning to see this first opportunity -

 
At 4/16/2008 8:46 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Will rent this one. I'd expected it to be good.

The only DDL movie I liked was ....argh...forgot the name. The one where he said "I will come back for you".

 
At 4/17/2008 5:37 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Funny enough, I watched this with H last night. I really liked it, but to each her own. :-P

 
At 4/17/2008 9:07 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I was soo looking forward to watching this, i love the director. And then I saw it. And now i hate him. I totally agree with you on this one.

 
At 4/17/2008 9:12 PM, Blogger VV said...

I've seen a number of Daniel Day Lewis movies and always admired his work as an actor. See _My Left Foot_ for a sample of what he's capable of. Anyway, the previews for this movie turned me off. The only words that come to mind are "dark" and "maniacal" neither of which will get me to watch it. Your review just clinches it for me.

 
At 4/19/2008 11:11 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Urgh!
I wrote a comment and blogger ate it.

Anyways, I did like In The Name of the Father, for which Sinead wrote a pretty cool song for. I think that was Lewis.

I don't like long, droning movies though because I have things to do. I'll miss this one.

 
At 4/20/2008 2:19 AM, Blogger La Cremiere said...

hahaha - I dont like Daniel D Lewis mch either and except for the Last of the Mohicans I think all his films are for an unknown target audience that very obviously does not include me! Last night I watched Knocked Up and now that was funny

 
At 4/20/2008 10:16 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WC and Mr A, I'm glad somebody enjoyed it! ;)

Courtney, I'm not a fan either.

SME, it wasn't interesting enough to be depressing. It was just plain FLAT! :(

ZF, it WAS on the top of our list too. :(

Tweets, we were disappointed with I Am Legend too. It didn't do the book justice, AT ALL! :(

Cherie, let me know what you think of this movie. We've got a lot of the same tastes, so I'm curious if you like it. ;)

Hammer, at 2 1/2 hours, you can get a LOT of sleep!

WC, no problem! ;)

DC, his choice of roles hasn't been stellar IMHO.

Candace, no humor, small plot, little excitement...yup, I can't see you liking it. ;)

Gardenia and Bridg, let me know how you like it. Last of the Mohicans stayed true to the book...s-l-o-w!

Notta, I'm glad you two weren't disappointed. ;)

Jay, THANKS! Finally someone agrees! We were looking forward to it too.

VV, to me, My Left Foot was an uplifting story that COULD have been a much better movie.
Maniacal is the best part of the movie. :(

ZS, stupid blogger hasn't even let me ON most comment sections! I keep getting a stupid error message on a lot of blogs!
I don't mind sitting through a 2 1/2 hour Harry Potter movie, but this one needed more plot to fill the time.

LC, my family obviously isn't part of that target audience either.
You can't beat a good romantic comedy for pure escapist entertainment! ;)

 

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