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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Joel Coen. Mar 4, 9pm. View count: Four? Five?

Well! It'd been a while since I'd seen this. Back in college I considered this a fine example and a model of filmmaking. Seeing as how it's a temporary Raimi/Coens crossover, this is unsurprising for me personally. This time around I actually found it... overdone, to some small extent -- just a bit too much in all directions. Too blaring for its depth. I still like it, and it's obviously a serious show of craft, but candy-colored caricatures writ large are I guess less my thing now than then. I never would have named a Coens piece as one unlikely to age perfectly, but, here we are. My feelings about this are complex, I assure you. ('Wow, I was kind of shallow back in college / But I still appreciated high craft / Stop writing off this movie -- it's a fine and well-executed thing / But, seriously, magical negro and woman afraid of appearing mannish?' &c.)

However, the craft really is quite impressive. The snappy patter, the costumes, the friggin' brilliant sets and lighting, the decision to just go for it, period -- all of these things are excellent. It's beautiful to look at, the acting is quite good, and all the concepts get across, with significant amounts of flair.

I guess I've just lost some of my starry-eyed love for this film; it feels now to me like an intermediate work, trying for something and not quite making it.

(Aside: I should mention that something that has bothered me all along was that Tim Robbins' inventions were actual products. I liked them much better as abstract concepts. Once you take them into the mundane world of toy shops and what have you, you've lost the platonically perfect idealism of that circular concept, and something important goes away. I feel similarly (although less so) about the fight of the good and evil guardians. Anyway, I think that concretizing the inventions was a bad move, but I realise that the movie would have had to change some as a result of not doing that.)

I may come back and write more about this later, but I have another movie to cram into the queue now, so...

Date: 2010-03-22 03:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jwgh
I like this movie a lot. I think it was supposed to be darker than it was, except Tim Robbins ended up being so goofy, which I don't regret.

Date: 2010-03-22 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanspoof.livejournal.com
Too fast!! I hadn't provisionally-finished writing this yet!

Anyhow: yeah, I could believe that. I liked the Raimi aspects. I still like it, but it's a little of a nostalgic feeling that I can't quite return to wholeheartedly.

Date: 2010-03-22 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm so intrigued with which movies hold up, personally or artistically, over time.

Like, recently I watched "7 Samurai" again and realized it was far better than I'd even thought (though I'd always liked it); but I couldn't even get through watching "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," which was my favorite movie when I was fifteen.


Date: 2010-03-22 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanspoof.livejournal.com
I think this is one of the first movies that I REALLY LIKED, and then realized was not the paragon I thought it was. A lot of my favorites from teenagerhood and what have you I liked in spite of obvious flaws, and that's sort of a different story.

Date: 2010-03-22 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silenceinspades.livejournal.com
I had sort of the same thing happen to me with this movie. I loved it when it first came out, and didn't really understand why critics hated it so much. Then I saw it again a few years ago, and understand a lot more. It's all right, but as a prequel to DARKMAN, it leaves so many story threads hanging.

Date: 2010-03-22 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanspoof.livejournal.com
I read in a Fangoria that Tim Robbins and Girl Reporter are Frances McDormand's parents.


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