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In Reply to: RE: 'The Little Things': 3 Oscar winners share scenes . . . posted by Billy Wonka on January 29, 2021 at 20:06:43
Minus the great character development and (in at least 2/3 of that series so far),
superior writing, plotting, texture, pacing, story and mood.
YET, still too long and more ponderous than... thoughtful.
Acting was fine, but only.
Overall lacking and not nearly as good a film as the other "biggie" this weekend, the wonderful
"The Dig" with Ralph Fiennes' much finer than fine performance supported by better than fine
If actors are a reason to watch any film (and many recent Oscar winners seldom are) there are
many good actors in the two films.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination"-Michael McClure
Just watched last night. Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, indeed, are very good--- in spite of the terrible writing. A ridiculous melodrama with so much trite content that it buries the interesting parts more fully than the boat was covered by dirt.
It followed the Hollywood ideal: create many sub-plots whether they're pertinent, or not. What was the purpose of the young woman on the dig and her gay husband? The brave airman? Why write her husband as gay--- and why be coy about it? Why hint at a ludicrous love story between Pretty and Brown? And that plane crash? Didn't we see that in "1917?" (a drier version)
Pretty, actually, was a fascinating woman having spent years tending to WWI wounded for the Red Cross, at the end of the war, in France. She also was keenly interested in spiritualism. And, from her early youth, archaeology. In other words, she wasn't a bored wealthy widow, crying onto her scones and tea.
Brown, similarly, was an interesting fellow, though Maynard had a lot more to do with the early excavation than is portrayed. Artistic license is one thing, making up entire dramatic themes, quite another.
though it is based on fascinating, real people.
Mulliigan had little to work with there, Fiennes shined.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
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