It's dispiriting to see such a pandering and clunkily written picture get so puffed up with a belief in its own integrity; the movie has a Shins CD where its heart should be.
I think the Shins would do quite great for a heart. So, I suppose this movies got a few: The cd you mentioned, it's integrity, and anything that Zach Braff was involved in (quite literally everything.) Please do try to be a good reviewer from now on, not just part of the common audience.
Jul 12 - 01:54 PM
To padfoot1492: Why so sensitive to anybody who holds a different viewpoint to you?? And then, you just label anybody who doesn't like the movie as part of a common audience. There's a little irony in you making that accusation as it's arguable that this movie is marketed to a wide common audience...the type of 'emo' folks raised on sentimental shows like dawson's creek, grey's anantomy and to a lesser extent scrubs. I didn't mind the movie, I actually enjoyed a lot of the dialogue and yes, the quirkiness and I think Braff did a decent job of directing and I don't question his integrity and belief in his characters and story. Portman and sarsgaard give excellent performances as well. But for me, the movie tries to hard to 'subtely move'! I found some of the intended emotion-rousing scenes to be laughably cringeworthy and the whole thing just feels over-sentimental. The main characters are too self-absorbed and self-pitying for my liking too though to be fair they are brought to like very well by the performers. But that's just my opinion and I respect anybody who disagrees with me. Anyway, I just want to say that I read Nick Davis' review and I cannot believe that you accused him of being part of the 'common audience'. The guy is very articulate, very analytical, obviously a man who has a passion for film and seemingly a great bullshiit detector. He has high standards. He gives very legitimate reasons for not liking the movie though I feel that he is a little harsh on Braff overall. So anyway, the truth is,out of the two of you, the person who represents a member of the 'common audience' (which doesn't have to be a bad thing by the way) certainly isn't Nick Davis.
Jan 4 - 10:37 AM