Monday, December 15, 2014

Too grim for me

There are not too many movies that are too grim for me. I think I can tolerate gloomier fare than most people although I find it easier to read gloomy books than to see such movies. But tonight I bailed on OUT OF THE FURNACE. I put an hour in before escaping.

I think this was probably a good movie but if I find no hope, if the people are too evil, if the good men never win, I eventually either turn off or take off.

What movie was too grim for you? (This is not a criticism of the quality of the film but just my tolerance for it)

20 comments:

George said...

AMERICAN PSYCHO, both the book and the movie, took me to places I never want to revisit.

Anonymous said...

I agree on this one. We turned it off after a few minutes. Ditto THE ROAD. AMERICAN PSYCHO is one I wouldn't even try. SEVEN. All those graphic "evil serial killer" movies.

Life's too short.


Jeff M.

Al Tucher said...

I've never even tried to watch LEAVING LAS VEGAS.

Gerard said...

I liked AMERICAN PSYCHO. I think that is on the crazy-weird spectrum with a black comedy bent.

I cannot think of any flicks I bailed on. Probably because I never start figuring they are too much for me.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I felt THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES was even sadder.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, two movies I saw not very long ago — RESERVATION ROAD and HOTEL RWANDA. Among horror flicks, THE EXORCIST gets my vote for the "too grim" movie.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Hotel Rwanda was a good enough movie to see me through it. Likewise SCHINDLER'S LIST. I might stick with true stories longer than fictional ones.
GS I more often bail because I am offended rather than depressed.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

I have never found anything to grim for me. Love SEVEN and American Psycho. If I bail on a movie it's normally because I'm bored(Lincoln) or becausev its just not very good.

le0pard13 said...

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. Few things come close to its bleakness.

Dana King said...

I can't think of any I've bailed on, though there are some I won;t see again. (SEVEN comes to mind.)

Odd thing here is, I liked OUT OF THE FURNACE a lot. I grew up not 30 miles from where most of the story takes place, so it didn't seem all that grim to me. Seemed more like people doing what they had to do. The only character I had no empathy for was Woody Harrelson.

Deb said...

To me, it's less about grimness and more about hopelessness. If there's a sense that hope is lost (or never existed to begin with), I just can't stay with the movie/book. I don't mind downbeat endings, but there has to be some element of brightness to keep me going.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Exactly, Deb. OUT OF THE FURNACE may have only had one true villain. But you knew none of them would escape this horrible life. There was no way out.

Ron Scheer said...

We stuck it out to the bitter end. The setting was familiar to my wife, who grew up in the Ohio Valley. I like Christian Bale and the rest of the cast but faulted the script for not doing more with the material than to go for the shock value in the subject matter. You were wise to bail.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Phil stuck it out but I couldn't do it.

Loren Eaton said...

I noped out of One False Move after 10 minutes.

Is Out of the Furnace really that bad, Patti? Netflix just delivered the DVD to me. (Yes, I prefer physical media to streaming. I know I'm a Luddite.)

pattinase (abbott) said...

I's love to get them in the mail but they want me to pay $15.98 to do it.
It isn't horrific--just hopeless and grim.

Richard said...

Anything bloody such as SAW, anything where the characters are doomed. Interesting that Deb's comment also describes most noir, which most of the visitors to this blog like.

Loren Eaton said...

Funny, it costs me about $8.

Eh, maybe I'll give Out of the Furnace a try for a bit. I don't mind grim if it's for the right reasons. Or any reasons at all, not just existential nihilism.

Graham Powell said...

FURY was too grim for me. Just unrelenting. The only tiny bit of humor was when the tank crew was cheering up the new guy by explaining that in their first battle, Brad Pitt's character "...shit his pants full!"

pattinase (abbott) said...

I figured when I saw the trailers also avoiding unbroken