posted by Jim at 1:32 PM
I think we'll see it this weekend. My daughter (who at 14 is big on being sophisticated) suggested we see it with the words "Sometimes, you just need a G-rated movie, and in a theater too." Music to my ears!
Well, I saw it and I had mixed feelings. Like most viewers I thought the first part was extraordinary, especially the moment when the opening music changes and you see how things really are (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here).I also thought the satirical picture of the babyish passivity of consumers was LOL funny as were the BnL CEO cuts. But ultimately, I thought the set up yielded a disappointing end. I fundamentally couldn't believe in the optimistic ending -- it seemed pulled out of a hat. The problems seemed so much more enormous than the solution.(A little like much environmental writing these days -- "We're destroying the earth right now! As we speak the coffin lid is being lowered on our civilization! BUT -- if we all just pitch and buy a hybrid, we can enjoy a perfect environmental world with all the prosperity we're accustomed to." Sorry, I don't believe that that much doom and gloom is consistent with that much optimism.)
I'm a big Fred Willard fan myself (the CEO -- interesting choice to use a live actor for that role).I don't disagree on the ending of the film. I actually thought the basis of the decision to return to earth was a little thin.Despite that, it's still the best movie I've seen this summer.
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