Thursday, January 15, 2009

Inauguration of cuneiform gruel

This week I saw Revolutionary Road, which is an appalling amalgamation of The Hours and Vera Drake. Thankfully, an elderly couple was seated directly behind us and supplied a steady stream of amusing commentary throughout the picture. The man was apparently hard of hearing and after each line spoken in the film, he'd inquire of his wife "what'd he/she say?" to which his wife would curtly respond "Be quiet!" At one point, Kate Winslet's character tells another character to just be quiet, and when the elderly man behind us asked his wife "what'd she say?" the wife replied: "be quiet!" The man angrily said "don't tell me to be quiet," to which the woman replied "no, she said 'be quiet!'" and the man chuckled. Later in the film (which is two-thirds boring, one-third predictably dramatic), as Kate Winslet's character lays down a layer of white towels on her bathroom floor so that she can give herself an [unsurprisingly fatal] home abortion, the old man loudly proclaimed "I hope she's got a good washing machine!" Amazing.

4 comments:

Nathaniel Smith said...

last line made me laugh.

Jill said...

I was sick of this movie after watching the trailer! But having the company you had when viewing it might have made it bearable.

kasha said...

i also thought that looked like the worst movie ever from the trailer. now that i know the ending i won't even be tempted. thanks movie spoiler - what are they teaching you in film school, anyway? :)

plumpdumpling said...

Seriously, why did this movie suck so hard? It looked so lovely from the trailers. And it's not like I'm against bleak films. I guess I just don't care for two people yelling at each other for two hours straight.