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I guess I'm just not deep enough to get the subtext, or the metaphors, or whatever. I just see a guy staring blankly between violent fits of rage, and then a girl staring blankly. (They make a lovely couple.) I also didn't get all the long sequences of walking really slow or driving really fast. And why did he have to take off his shirt before that last interminable walking really slow sequence? It's a decent short (if you like really dark) stretched out into a dull feature- unless you're as deep as 64% of the audience. Then its' riveting!
I'm a sucker for feel-good movies, and this one felt real good! Kristin & Kelsey played beautifully off of each other, and the other characters filled out the ensemble nicely. Sure, there were s few plot holes, but no caverns. And to those who complain about it being a "commercial" for Royal Carribean, so what? A cruise is the ideal setting for this story. And it didn't seem at all gratuitous to me. If you want edgy, with dark twists, this movie won't work for you. Me... I like redemption, and I'm willing to take a littel schmaltz on the side.
Scanning the reviews, this one seems to be a "love it or hate it" movie (obviously with a solid majority swinging to the love side). I didn't hate it, but I left the theater thinking the trailer as better than the movie. Performances were pretty impressive- especially Laurie Metcalf (who I always love), Saoirse Ronan (who's name I love), and Tracy Letts (who played dad with an exquisite undertone.
I didn't find the title character appealing, though. In fact, I thought she was kind of a twit. And there were way too many warmed-over coming of age themes for my taste.
There's an 83% chance that you'll disagree though.
OK, I get it. I'm supposed to love it because it's dark & complex, & has strong performances. Sorry, not enough. Most of the movie celebrates mean-spirited obsession. Then it awkwardly shifts to some bizarre form of redemption & forgiveness that fell completely flat for me. It also manages to get sidetracked by several subplots that don't get resolved. But why should they? The main plot doesn't get resolved either. It's scary to me that most people love this movie.
With a 97% score, I doubt that my review will inspire anyone to see the movie. I must write one though, as Coco was just such a wonderful movie! Now I'll hit post to see if I can tip it to 98. Then I'll scan reviews to see how 3% can possibly not like it.