Have you seen any good movies lately? I mean really good movies. The kind that leave an impression on you. The kind that fire up your imagination. The kind that have you saying “Wow!” under your breath.
I haven’t. At least, not in a long while.
Now, granted, I’ve seen some ‘good’ movies in the respect that I didn’t really mind spending the money to catch them in the theaters, but it’s been a long time since a movie has grabbed me by the shoulders, kicked me in the gut, and really knocked the wind out of me.
I promise this isn’t going to go off into another rant on Hollywood, but there really just hasn’t been much out there to capture the imagination (at least for me) like a Star Wars, or Back to the Future, or Raiders of the Lost Ark did back in the day.
Sure, there have been some “blockbusters” out there…The Avengers being a prime example, but even that wasn’t much more than Joss Whedon bringing his formulaic writing to the big screen with some Marvel ‘retreading’ and flashy (albeit awesome) special effects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Buffy, Angel, and Firefly fan…and Whedon told the tale of the Avengers well…but there was nothing earth-shaking in the film. Nothing that made me say “Oh..didn’t see that coming…”.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just the genre of movie that I most frequent. The sci-fi/fantasy genre seems to be big these days and there’s a good chunk of that genre that seems to rely on retreads and ‘retelling’ stories I’ve seen a few times before…..Planet of the Apes and The Amazing Spider-Man, for starters. Both enjoyable flicks…just nothing very “original” from my viewing.
I think one of the best films I saw last year was The Hobbit, which was surprising.
I tried reading the book years ago and was bored to tears. I also gave the Lord of the Rings trilogy a shot….Zzzzzzzz. To those who worship at the altar of Tolkien, my hat’s off to you….I don’t know how you do it….honestly.
I think I’m too low-brow for his brand of descriptive story telling, honestly. Still…I enjoyed the movie.
Maybe I should start watching romantic comedies? (Don’t tell my wife I just said that!)
Anyway, it’s not like I’ve given up on the movies. I still hold out hope that something will come along and knock my proverbial socks off…..but the wait, in the meantime, is killing me.
Figuratively speaking, of course.
How about you? Seen any good movies lately?
Until next time….