Saturday, December 26, 2009
Familiarity Breeds Contempt or Content?
We saw several movies in the last few days. Two of the three were as familiar as Thanksgiving dinner (IT'S COMPLICATED and BROTHERS). Neither were bad movies just very predictable. The audience did not seem at all put off by this. Matter of fact, they laughed so hard at It's Complicated, I feared for their lives.
(UP IN THE AIR had several surprises and the writing sparkled for the most part).
Anticipating the next scene or action, seemed cathartic for my mid-western audience members. Maybe Christmas is not the time for surprises.
But I don't want to know what comes next. I want the writer to throw me some curves.
Do you get any satisfaction from the expected--other than in classic comic routines perhaps?