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I May Destroy You
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I see the audience likes this better than the critics. I'm not a fan of horror typically, but I was drawn to watch this because of premonitions that I had personally experienced that shook my understanding of reality. This movie goes in that direction, but in the movie, destiny is evil , unforgiving, and out to get you. Whereas in my experience, it just is. The phenomenon of clairvoyance or sixth sense is real enough for both the CIA and the Soviets to study it for decades. And there are documentaries on that. The ancient Greeks and Romans also believed in oracles--and fate. Are we meant to know everything? I don't think so. Full reality is beyond the capacity of a human brain to sense. And wouldn't it be overload? Our senses detect just enough for us to function and interact. What happens when you sense too much? Movies about that interest me. This stays more on the horror side of it. I'm more into the science, but faith plays a role too. So I'm drawn to something like The XFiles.
It's been a long time since I saw this. Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp are cute together in this, but it's a tragedy. Tragedies are not my favorite. That being said it's artsy, Frankensteinish. As I recall Depp's character goes the whole movie without speaking with words, only with gestures and expressions and actions. Ryder's character does much of the talking. But it's really about someone being very different from the ordinary, and how hard that can be. After making this movie, Depp and Ryder were together for four years, and still apparently friends 30 years later. What an interesting beginning to a lifelong friendship.
I didn't love it; I didn't hate it. My review was originally going to be a 3 but I bumped it to 3.5 because it was apparently made as a tribute to Johnny Depp's journalist friend Hunter Thompson, whose writing this was based on. That is such a sweet and sentimental thing to do. Make a whole movie in someone's honor. I didn't know who Hunter Thompson was but now I sort of do...
I wasn't planning to watch this, originally because I didn't like the title. Sounded to me like bad choices inspired by alcohol. And there is some of that in this. Plus the early reviews didn't inspire. However, given the recent Heard and Depp drama in the gossip news, and yes gossip is bad but it's a flaw of mine to sometimes read it...so anyway the gossip inspired me to watch this to see where their story began. My reactions...ten minutes in I was bored. By halfway it was clear these dialogues were written by a man, for men. There's a fair amount of content that didn't appeal to me, as a women. Not kid friendly at all. Not politically correct. However there are funny and absurd moments here and there and a poignant look at poverty and prejudice. As for Depp and Heard, dunno... she's a knockout in this and it's understandable a leading man falling for a leading lady. Right time and beautiful place to fall in love I suppose.
I've seen a handful of these pirates of the Caribbean movies, and they're ok. I admit they keep coming up with interesting new twists. However, the kids like them more than I do I think. I'm not much into Jack Sparrow anymore. It's not that I don't like Johnny Depp. He's fine I just....for me it's a turnoff that Sparrow leaves ticked off women and breaks his promises. Reminds me of my exes. Sure he's a clever character who lands on his feet like a cat with nine lives. But I think pirates are icky because of bad teeth, greed, thieving behavior, etc. However.....the boys seem to like pirates and pirate movies just fine. After all, pirates play with swords and knives, hunt treasure, go on adventures, find gold, defeat villains, climb the rigging, and say things like "arrrrrrrr!!!!" I understand the appeal to them. Interestingly even Grandma watches these still. Probably because she's been a Johnny Depp fan since that first cop series he did 21 Jumpstreet. Yeah that was a long time ago.
The kids really seemed to like this