Well, for once, I can say that most of the movies I watched on Friday night were pretty good. That doesn’t happen very often.
I’d been wanting to see The Ruins for a long time. I’ve also heard it’s based on a very good book. The movie? Well, I’m sure some horror fans didn’t care for it, but I thought it was pretty good. I didn’t like the characters – it’s really hard for me to relate to twentysomethings in peril – but it was a fun ride just the same. The movie starts off a bit slow, has some things I didn’t see as essential to the plot (they pared the movie down to 90 minutes; c’mon, get to the good crap and leave out the fluff), but eventually escalates into a pretty harrowing experience, as far as movies go. I can sum the movie up in a single word: horror.
True horror is hard to find. Horror is defined in movies anymore as a gut-jolting start and as much grue as you can pack into the time allotment. This is part of the reason my beloved doesn’t watch horror movies with me. But true horror is an emotion generated, and while those elements may cause some to experience horror, to me it’s just gratuitous bloodshed and shock value. And shock isn’t horror. Not that this movie didn’t have gruesome, shock-value moments, but overall, it didn’t strike me as grue-centric. What there was added to the psychological aspects the characters faced, fueling their fears and making their situation the more desperate.
In addition, there’s usually a coupling of sex and terror in teen-targeted horror, but this one doesn’t have that element. A single, albeit unnecessary, nude shot, and that’s it. The effect is psychological in nature, and doesn’t focus on the “monster” much at all. The focus is the human mind, facing fearsome circumstances, experiencing fear and struggling to rationalize through it. It was, in my opinion, presented pretty well here, and it made me want to read the book.
The second movie I sat through was an animated feature from a few years back called Titan AE, and it was simply magnificent. The animation was a combination of Disney and Pixar, a mix of traditional and computer animation, as far as I could tell. The space sequences were terrific, some of the special effects were fantastic, and the story wasn’t bad at all. There was even a twist in it which sort of surprised me. I expected a twist, but when it came I was a little off-guard because of … oh, let’s just say because of the reality of the presentation. But again, a fun movie which kept me riveted for the entire time. I never got bored, and it never really slowed down.
The movie I watch which stunk was called Haunted Forest or something similar. It was bad. Stay away from it.
So, two out of three’s not shabby, and I can say I had a decent movie night on Friday. I don’t have any deep thoughts on themes or meanings or any of that crap, because … well, it’s a movie, you see. Just enjoy it as it is, if you can.
What did you do this weekend?
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