Comments: Closer

Dude, you're way off. Let me use short sentences:

Read a novel. (No, a real one.) Then read another one. Then stop expecting a film to be another cheap movie. Then read another novel. Then watch Closer again. LISTEN, too - that'll be helpful. Watch how the characters take turns *using* those catch phrases, how they learn and borrow them from each other over the course of years, even the terms of endearment (which are equally significant). How they betray themselves BEFORE betraying each other. Then, and only then, should you mock a phrase here or there out of context.

As you can tell, I liked the movie, er... film. Was I made to feel uncomfortable at times? Sure. Did MASSES of people leave our theatre because they couldn't stomach the subject matter and sexual references? Absolutely. Are you alone in misunderstanding the premise? Apparently not. Did I break my promise to use short sentences? Well, yes./BF

Posted by BF at December 7, 2004 08:57 AM

BF--Hey, you can like the movie, I've got no problem with that. But don't bag on my reading skills. I'm familiar with real novels. I do work in a bookstore. Just because I choose to read some light stuff doesn't mean that I don't choose something that requires thought on occasion as well. I feel so defensive now, as though I should be shouting, "I like literature! And my favorite film is Antonia's Line!"

What makes you think I didn't LISTEN to the film? I didn't walk out (although some did), and I appreciated the acting in the film itself. I think this particular movie (which is adapted from a stage play) would be better on-stage. The pacing of the film has that sort of feel. Or I could have just been so uncomfortable I didn't pick up the finer points that you describe and only focused on what jumped out at me immediately.

I don't think I misunderstood the premise--the idea that people who love one another use what they love to hurt eachother, among other things. I'm just not especially comfortable with the graphic language and use of sexuality in the film. That is my failing--I should have done more research before going to see it. I think the trailer gave a slightly skewed image of what I thought I was going to see.

I wasn't expecting it to be a romantic comedy, I expected it to be a thoughtful film. It's definately something I've thought about, and will be something I rent when available on DVD to see if my first impression will change at all.

Posted by ensie at December 7, 2004 07:07 PM

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