Well, everybody is entitled to an opinon! I sure wish the
Washington Post would pay me for mine! :)
The reviewer's chief criticism seems to be that... well, I am not
sure what it was... (yes, I am reviewing the review!). But it seems he
didn't like the movie too much. Fair enough.
I'll be the first to admit that this movie isn't well suited for
those who enjoy typical Hollywood movies (roll titles, boy meets girl,
car chase, gunplay, sex, Al Pacino yelling, gunplay, roll credits) but
I don't go to movies for the plot, or to watch people O.D. on
testosterone. Most movies are pretty weak when it comes to a plot
anyway, so I want something else when I go. Also, it was a little
unrealistic... but hey, too much realism is either depressing or
boring! :) I don't want to see a movie about a guy like me (cut to a
shot of me bathed in the glow of a cheap monitor). Rather, I want
a high quality production, maybe a unique perspective on an old tale, and a dash of adventure, excitement! A touch of the occult doesn't hurt
What I really thought while watching this is that it was the work
of an experienced and masterful director, just enough of "everything"
to be subtly exciting, nothing over the top. Clichés were used, sure,
but sparingly and with a sense of fun (I don't really think it was
Polanski's intent to tell the "truth" about Satan worship, etc, it was
just a plot device).
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