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30 December 2008 @ 10:47 pm
 
Finally saw Seven Pounds tonight.

Wow.

I avoided spoilers, reviews, trailers, anything that might reveal the story beforehand, and I'm so glad I did.

Incredible story—very different, very well told—and all the better for just watching it unfold as Will Smith takes you along for the ride.

I was surprised to hear that there have been negative reviews (mainly about confusion (?!?) with the storyline). Must everything be spoonfed to audiences and critics now? There are hints all through the movie as to what's going on, and the 'why' of it too. By the end, you know everything, and there are no cop-outs along the way. How many movies can say that any more?

Though people talked a lot about Smith's performance in The Pursuit Of Happyness (which was excellent), the one that made an even bigger impression on me was in I Am Legend. The first half of that movie, which was solely Smith and a dog, really showed the kind of range he's built over the years—really solid, compelling stuff.

Seven Pounds is the culmination of it all. Just incredible.

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I'm the girl that you just won't admit you adore.tabularassa on December 31st, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
I LOVE I Am Legend, and I'm really wanting to watch Seven Pounds. I'm happy to know you loved it:)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
I loved the first 2/3rds of "I Am Legend," and Will Smith was awesome in it throughout. What a performance.

Take Kleenex to see "Seven Pounds," but do see it! And then report back so I can find out what you thought. :D
I'm the girl that you just won't admit you adore.: beyond_beautifultabularassa on December 31st, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
*nods* It was just amazing. He's amazing:)

Will do, darling;)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Gretchen thumbs upbadboy_fangirl on December 31st, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Good to know, I too am dying to see it and I trust Will Smith. The man doesn't make crap movies. I Am Legend was emotionally devastating, and while I could never watch it again, he was, as you say, brilliant.

Thanks for the good review. Every time I heard the negative crap, that's exactly what I thought: they must all be too stupid to get what it's about.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
I actually saw one that mentioned melodrama, and was really surprised. I know from melodrama-- I avoid it like the plague! This didn't strike me as melodrama in the least. It could have been-- in the hands of a different writer or director-- but it wasn't. Strong drama =/= melodrama.

And even if I would not make all the same choices the characters in this movie did, I understood why they did so and believed that it rang true for them.
cindytsuki_no_bara on December 31st, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
my sister and i saw seven pounds on christmas and had no idea what we were getting into until it was too late. oh my god was that a ten-hanky movie. it was confusing, but everything did make sense eventually. it was very subtle. will smith has totally grown up as an actor, hasn't he. i really liked rosario dawson, too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
I had a teensy hint from the trailers and the title that things were going to get heavy-- because I knew the reference probably related to "A pound of flesh." But I was looking forward to Will Smith going into heavy territory, and I at least had the sense to gather toilet paper before the movie started in case I needed it. And I did. :0

it was very subtle.
Yes, which I really liked. As each piece fell into place, you got a clearer picture of the larger whole-- filling in the story's background. As it went on, each piece became more explicit and the story more complete, so there shouldn't be any confusion at the end. And what a story. :0

Agreed on both counts, regarding the acting. Rosario Dawson was really good (I know her only from MIB II, also with Smith), and Will was fantastic. Good casting all the way through, even the passing parts like the unbending woman at the cardiac-wing nurse's station. :)
miss_mandy on December 31st, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)
I saw that movie the other day and it is the only movie I've seen in the theatre where I actually tried to go to sleep because I was so bored.

My mom figured the story out pretty quick and told me and I was actually kind of upset. I don't want to sit through two hours of a movie waiting for (edited for spoilers) that, especially when its two days after Christmas. Yuck.

So that is why I have a negative review of the movie. I was bored and depressed. I am that in real life, so I want to be entertained when I go to the theatre. On the plus side I got to see the trailer for Wolverine. Mmmm, Hugh Jackman...

Edited at 2008-12-31 08:08 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Hmmm-- I figured out fairly soon where the story was going, but was interested to see how it would reveal that more directly. I can't imagine why your mother told you-- I don't understand that at all. Why spoil the movie for someone else?

especially when its two days after Christmas. Yuck.
I think the timing was related to the usual Oscar "Heavy-hitters" window and not to the idea that the movie would have a holiday feel.

I was bored and depressed. I am that in real life, so I want to be entertained when I go to the theatre.
I didn't find it boring at all, which is a big difference, but this sounds like my sister-in-law! She hates dramas of any kind, and would rather watch slasher movies with buckets of blood. I like dramas a lot, hate slasher movies, and though 'escapism' has appeal it's never guaranteed. For instance, I love comedy but it's an iffy territory for me. Funny or stupid? And I don't mean stupidly funny, just stupid. It's a very individual thing.

Sorry you didn't enjoy it! But on the plus side, Mmmmm-- Hugh Jackman is right. :0
miss_mandy on December 31st, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
I like dramas too, but I'm a sucker for happy endings. I guess I'm just boring.

Mind you, The Green Mile is one of my favorite movies and that is definitely not happy. It might have been because of the characters though, I loved all of them, even the bad guys.

I just could not connect to Rosario Dawson's character in this, she was so flat. Will Smith is brilliant, but his charisma was not enough to hold my interest.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
Mind you, The Green Mile is one of my favorite movies and that is definitely not happy.
Still planning to see that for the performances, though the subject matter has delayed that. I have to 'gear up' mentally for it.

Will Smith is brilliant, but his charisma was not enough to hold my interest.
I was captivated by the character, and thought he did a great job with the performance. I did like Rosario Dawson-- really, even down to the smallest performances, I was really pleased with the casting. Though the abused woman-- willing to fight the entire world but not the one person she needed to-- drove me nuts. But then again, that dynamic drives me nuts.

We got trailers for "Notorious" (the rapper, not the Hitchcock movie, and Why? is my response to that whole idea) and Robert Downey Jr's upcoming movie with Jamie Fox. Which I want to see yesterday, all of a sudden. :)
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on December 31st, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I saw the trailer the last time I was at the movies and I must say how refreshing it was to have a subtle, intriguing trailer rather than a too-long, chronological document of the movie.

So you recommend it? I have issues with The Pursuit of Happyness, not execution-wise but for reasons I won't get into right now.

The first half of I Am Legend is simply stunning. I love the scene in the video store when he just needs to hear someone say "hello" to him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
and I must say how refreshing it was to have a subtle, intriguing trailer rather than a too-long, chronological document of the movie.
I actually hate and fear that about trailers-- if I get too much information, the movie has already been spoiled by its trailer and then I don't want to see it. :(

I definitely recommend the movie, for the story if nothing else. It's full of tough choices (a true drama), and yet you understand why those choices are being made by the time the story is done. Even if you might not agree with them (and I'm not sure I don't agree with them), you understand why they made sense for the character.

The first half of I Am Legend is simply stunning. I love the scene in the video store when he just needs to hear someone say "hello" to him.
Yes! The first half was a drama and the second half more of a monster-movie. I'm not a big fan of monster-movies/horror/slasher stuff at all, but I really loved the first half. God, the intense loneliness of that character, and the cleverness and carefulness of how he's managed to survive. Just fascinating.
CaffieneKitty: pondercaffienekitty on January 1st, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
The ads have looked very intruiging. I haven't seen many movies recently... actually, I don't think I've seen more than one or two this year. Wild. Anyway, I might rent this one when it's out.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
It's definitely worth seeing-- great story, and then WHAT a performance. *is still impressed*
Antyantychan on January 17th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, random foreigner's question: I keep seeing happyness spelled with a y. But I think it's happiness. Is this the language developing or just everybody making a mistake?

Hm, will never see that movie. Am boycotting stuff by people related to religious cults.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I keep seeing happyness spelled with a y. But I think it's happiness.
It's ONLY spelled with a "y" for the purposes of this movie. That was because the main character's son, for awhile, was in a daycare run by an ESL lady who spelled the name of it "Happyness." The main character was infuriated by that, but I think it worked its way into the title as such because it symbolized the good life the family had before everything fell apart. It's the pursuit of returning to that place where life was good.

People had better not be randomly spelling it that way. :(

Hm, will never see that movie. Am boycotting stuff by people related to religious cults.
Boycotting stuff by someone who is friends with someone at a religious cult? That list would probably be bigger than you think!

I don't "boycott" Tom Cruise per se, though I'm no great fan. However, I'm not seeing Valkyrie (or The Last Samurai) because Cruise is just awful in period settings.

Basically, I have to overcome my dislike of Cruise before deciding if a movie is worth seeing. Same for Travolta-- I think he's really overrated as an actor.
Antyantychan on January 17th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks fpr clearing that up!

People had better not be randomly spelling it that way. :(

*mumbles something about lie & lay*

Boycotting stuff by someone who is friends with someone at a religious cult? That list would probably be bigger than you think!

I believe that if you want to know who somebody is, look who he's friends with. I can't support somebody who openly and happily stands by or is friends with somebody endorsing a "church" that is exploiting people. (Apart from the fact that to my knowledge, the Smiths have donated money to that organization, too.)

I'm dying to see Valkyrie, mainly because I can't count the documentaries and movies and books I've seen/read on Stauffenberg's life (eight) and I want to see if this version is the catastrophe it looks like. But I'm not going to.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I have issues with the Mormon church (and often the Catholic church too), but I don't restrict my friendships based on that.

And my parents are both psychiatrists, so my issues with Scientology run in allll directions.

(Apart from the fact that to my knowledge, the Smiths have donated money to that organization, too.)
I've never heard that, and I'd be surprised if it were true. Unseating people from Christianity when they've been raised in it (in the Smiths' case, they both have whole cultures behind it too) is pretty hard.

For Valkyrie, everything I've seen about it indicates that Tom Cruise drags the movie down with his performance, and that it might have been an outstanding movie with a different actor. Again, Cruise always sounds like he came over from across town. The idea of him playing a German-- from the past, no less-- makes me shudder. He's truly terrible at that kind of thing.

So perhaps you can keep your love of Stauffenberg alive and wait for someone else to do that story better. ;)
Antyantychan on January 17th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I have issues with the Mormon church (and often the Catholic church too), but I don't restrict my friendships based on that.

Let's just say I have a thing for tolerance (which doesn't mean you have to like something, it just means you leave other people be as long as they're not hurting other people's freedom). But proselytizing (had to look that one up) others by claiming you're better and have all the answers is something I can't see past. (Which, for the record, certainly isn't what Western European Catholicism is doing, though I don't know about its American incarnation.)

and that it might have been an outstanding movie with a different actor

And director. Talk about overrated. I fail to see how the person responsible for pseudo-deep blockbusters like X-Men and Superman can make anything but a slick thriller out of a complex time in history.

So perhaps you can keep your love of Stauffenberg alive and wait for someone else to do that story better. ;)

I have yet to see a movie on him that was actually good. And I've seen three German ones. But they're all fairly one-dimensional and don't dare say that as somebody from a noble family who'd served in the military for generations, he certainly didn't want a democracy. I don't blame him for that, but he's never painted as anything but an idealist and a tragic hero. Maybe he did what he did because otherwise, he couldn't have lived with himself any longer. Is that heroic? Or is it the very opposite, endangering your wife and children so you can have a clear conscience? Fact is, all movies I've seen have recreated what happened on July 20th, 1944. But watching them, you still get no clue who Stauffenberg might have truly been. You need to read books for that.