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30 August 2011 @ 10:14 pm
Movie post! : Special  
It's been a while since I've spent any time watching movies. We see the occassional new release in theatres, but I've been really bad with my netflix queue, letting things pile up for years and never actually watching them.

We have three disks at the house. One has been here for probably 6 months or more. I didn't watch that one tonight. I watched the remake of The Producers, and then I watched one from my instant queue. It's an indie flick called Special.

The Producers was ok. I kept hearing about how it was amazing, blahblahblah. We already know Matthew Broderick is mostly awesome, and we know that he and Nathan Lane have a special love for each other. That aside, the whole thing was much... cheesier.. hammier... saltier? than I was expecting. I thought they did a fantastic job with the musical productions, but everything in between felt like an akward highschool play put on by freshman who had only been exposed to William Shatner's musical carrer for inspiration. To be fair, though, I think it's harder to pull off that same type of retro comedy today, so it just felt all the timing was off.
(Oh, and I thought costumes for the Springtime for Hitler number were fantastic)

I was also really surprised to find out that Mel Brooks did all music and lyrics for the musical numbers. I knew he wrote/directed the original, but I didn't know he could write music, too!

Now, I really feel that I should mention that I have not seen the original Gene Wilder film, nor have I seen the newer Lane/Broderick broadway show that they brought to film. It could have been a very faithful remake, but I wouldn't know XP

ANYWAY

I didn't come to post to talk about The Producers XD

I came to post to tell people to go watch Special.

I remember seeing a trailer for it online a few years back and I loved the premise. A guy signs up to be part of a test group for a new pharmeceutical drug. He wakes up with super powers. From there, it gets complicated, and runs you through all sorts of emotions.

It's not like it has some big twist or anything, but it feels very human. Within the first few minutes of him discovering his powers, the doctor watching over his drug test becomes concerned, especially when he doesnt' notice our protagonist floating in mid air. From then, then on, instead of wondering where the twist is, or whether or not this mystery drug unlocked his superhero abilities, I found myself thinking about the nature of reality. Whether or not somthing is real doesn't really matter. Even if you experience somthing incredible or life altering that turns out to be fake, or wasn't really there, it doesn't mean you can't change fundimentally as a person.

I don't really want to go into plot points, but I thought it was a great little movie. I always go and check out trivia and whatever on IMDB, and all these people are trying to get into some deep discussion about what was "real" in the movie. I always think those discussions are retarded, because oftentimes, the answer is right there. There's no grey ambiguous area where the director left it for interpritation. Here is the story. It is being told clearly.

That's one of the things I really liked about this movie. Don't get me wrong, I love my deep indie and foreign films, but this one had a story to tell about people and the way they interact. It had an interesting premise, but the movie isn't trying to figure out some deep mystery. I think it would have been a cop out and untrue to the characters they were trying to bring to life if they just trivialized it all by jumping in with some deus ex machina crap.

I think *because* some of it felt very "real" (true to life), it was a little sad and depressing in parts, but they don't leave you feeling low at the end of the film. It doesn't have some sappy feel-good ending, but you get the feeling that everyone is going to be ok in the end, and everything will somehow work out in a very normal, unsensational way.

It's not going to make you laugh so hard you can't breathe, or cry your eyes out, but I still found the movie very touching. The actor who plays the main character did a great job, and I even enjoyed the evil yuppie guys. I mean.. in one of the last scenes, BADGUY is sitting in his car, gripping the steering wheel, and it's like you can see his whole thought process on his face... and it's not over-acted, it's very subtle.

Anyway, I remember being really excited for it when I first saw the trailer. I'm glad I got to see it, and it was much better than what I could have expected, had I gone into it expecting anything in particular.
 
 
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Celineceline on August 31st, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
The original Producers is amazing. It's almost painful to watch the newer one since it really feels like Matthew Broderick is trying to play Gene Wilder and Nathan Lane is trying to be that other guy. It's really fucking awkward. It's not like they are acting as the character... they are like acting as the original actor portraying the character. I was also baffled by why they gave the Swedish secretary a big role- she has like 2 lines in the original. And yea, it comes across as cheesy and lame and lacking. Mostly it's over-the-top levels of being faithful to the source material which makes it awkward and weird.

If I can remember, I will bring the original when I come visit and make you watch it. It is a million times better than the blah remake (yes, I am saying that and you should know how much I like Matthew Broderick). It is seriously one of my favorite movies ever.

I haven't heard of Special. How do you find these wacky indie things?
HIDE your facekyonomiko on August 31st, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Oh, about 3 times a year or so, I go to trailers.apple.com and watch anything that looks interesting. A lot of the time, I see trailers there before I see them in the theater, and I get to see trailers for all sorts of indie and foreign stuff I wouldn't normally see in town or on TV