Is it just me, or does 'indie' frequently equal 'sucks'?
Granted, I'm as sick as anyone as mass-produced tripe from the big studios, but SHEESH! Do all indie films have to be slow, depressing, and soooo serious?
I = indulgent N=nowhere, going nowhere D=depressing I=Ill-paced E=Enough
It was simply dreadful.
Here's a brief synposis:
Kate Beckinsale (Annie), with no makeup and ugly clothes, is separated from her husband, Glen. He is a recovering alcoholic, is now an enthusiastic born-again Christian, and wants to spend more time with their daughter. Annie works at a depressing waittress job at a Chinese place and is having an affair with her friend's husband. Everyone slowly does depressing things, everyone is miserable, and everyone slowly and boringly gets more depressed and miserable. The end.
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but "Snow Angels" was one of the slowest, most depressing, didn't-need-to-be-made movies I have ever seen. Save yourself the boring angst and skip it.
I WANTED to like this movie, I really did. In fact, I was QUITE looking forward to it. I had my club soda, my popcorn, my blanket, my dogs, and my remote. I was ready to be swept away into the land of a magical, mystical toystore. Instead, I was swept into a tide of over-produced, big-budget, big-studio, no-meat left overs. There was this great idea for a movie, and they got all the right actors, a great set, tons of money, and.......floppety flop.
How did it go wrong?
I mean, it had Dustin Hoffman AND Natalie Portman! I thought he would be fabulous cast as the quirky old toy store owner. Instead, he adopted a goofy, not-funny lisp and stupid facial expression for the entire movie. Natalie Portman is superb, usually, but she was just -eh- in this role. She plays the young, frustrated piano composer who manages the toy store and will take over from Mister Magorium.
Jason Bateman is adorable....he plays the straight-laced accountant who must help find some fun in his heart to help bring the store back to its full glory. There's the requisite, cute, quirky kid played by Zach Hill.
The set was WONDERFUL! But....but but but......the whole movie seemed kind of flat and lifeless in the end.
Don't you just HATE being excited about a movie that doesn't live up to your expectations?