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#1 4 years ago

That movie is a year old now, but still, I'll rant about it and push people away from it, in case people haven't watched it yet. 90% of the viewers say "Amagash, it's such a great movie, it completely changed my outlook of life yada yada etc etc." I must be a complete and utter moron, because it didn't change my life. It's roughly two and a half hours of an Indian kid being in a boat with a tiger trying to get ashore. Sure, he "tamed" the tiger and they stayed together, but other than that, the movie failed to teach me anything. It was lame drivel narrated in an Indian accent, like having Apu (from The Simpsons) tell us the story. I don't have a problem with Indians, or that particular actor, but the movie would've been better if it were narrated in Indian and it was subbed in English. The movie's success was probably the amazing CGI, which was indeed stunning. But no, my life didn't change because of a whale swimming through bio-luminescent plankton under a raft. Sorry for being such an unsophisticated/non-philosophical moron, but it is my humble opinion that this movie is not worth it.




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#2 4 years ago

Yeah don't feel bad...I tried to watch it...I just couldn't keep interested in the movie.


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#3 4 years ago

I feel it's too much ambiance, too little substance.




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#4 4 years ago

There is no great art, and there is no terrible art. And then again there is.

There's great craftsmanship - and that's an objective measure, how much care did someone put into something; how well did they wield the tools they were given to achieve a particular effect? And often enough that's what people really mean when they talk about great art.

And then there's the rest of art; communication, the ability to move you. The important thing, as an experience, with any piece of art is whether it resonates with you, whether it gives you a chance to explore a particular situation or way of looking at things. At its core, art is an attempt to communicate, and communication necessarily relies upon shared experiences and concepts.

Thus the terrible drawback of mass market media: when you're shooting to communicate something to a wide number of people it's difficult to draw on any particularly deep experiences. Because what you draw upon must be common to them all, the inferential distance is too great. We're left, most often, with only the strongest general themes: Simple hatreds, shallow loves; obsessions and depressions.

So you didn't find the film worth seeing - fair enough. They did - fair enough. The claim that it changed their lives... that I find difficult to believe unless there's a visible change in their lives. It wouldn't fit with how I think art works, and it wouldn't fit with their actions (or lack thereof.)

But that they found it beautiful, or that they think they should have found it awe inspiring and thus are saying to people (perhaps even to themselves) that they did... that I find very easy to believe. Especially if they believe that 'good art' is an objective measure, rather than a clumsy conflation of craftsmanship on the one hand and meaningful communication on the other.




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#5 4 years ago

I wasn't overly impressed by that movie either. But I can see why it was succesful or popular. You've got that part about a boy with a bunch of animals. That kind of stuff sells because animals are cute and the boy behaves like you expect a good boy to behave. Then you have the overarching metaphor revealed at the end of the movie, which gives it some depth.

To call it lifechanging seems like a bit of a stretch though.




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#6 4 years ago

[COLOR=Blue]I must confess that I never even heard of the movie until you mentioned it. :rolleyes: [/COLOR]


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#7 4 years ago

I rarely hear of any movies until someone mentions them ;)




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#8 4 years ago

Mmm...I recently watched Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla. I may never watch a new movie again ^_^


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#9 4 years ago

The new Godzilla (American) or the old one (Japanese)?




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#10 4 years ago

[COLOR=Blue]The new one, the one that would make the real Godzilla commit Seppuku. :cort: [/COLOR]


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