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"Movies as Lit" --- Part Two

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

So, I'm still in the midst of my English for school...and have managed to see a total of four more movies since my last post about E.T. Exciting, right? No, not especially. Watching movies for me is so much fun and it's always about seeing my favorite stars...but having to sit through something that's so awful because of school is not my exact definition of fun. Here's what I last saw:


The Maltese Falcon:

Rear Window:


To Kill a Mockingbird:



There were major problems with some of these movies, but the issues were mostly contained in the first, second and fourth films.



The Maltese Falcon I had never seen before, but if you're a movie fan like myself, you know that its considered a "classic." The dialogue and the scenes are usually used in montages on various occasions, so maybe I expected more than what I got. I was confused through most of it--the talking was way too fast and since I had to answer questions about the movie after the fact, I found myself rewinding (I love that I still say that, even with DVDs!), so many times to catch what the actors were saying...and really, the story itself was kind of weak. Very disappointed with that.



Rear Window was the best of the four, and I wasn't even in love with it! I had never seen it before, but I'm a huge Jimmy Stewart fan--and this was also my introduction to Grace Kelly. She is absolutely stunning, and even though you can see there's a major age difference between her and Jimmy, it seems to work. The only thing that disappointed me was the ending...I was getting all tensed up, waiting for an amazing wrap-up, but it seemed to come too fast and then just as quickly end. Maybe it was to show that life goes on, even when a murder goes on in the neighboring apartment...? I don't know, but I had a good time watching it. And isn't that what movies are about?



Emma was from 1993, and starred Gwyneth Paltrow, who I am not a big fan of, anyway, based on the novel by Jane Austen, whose work I have never actually read. It had some good moments, but ultimately, was dull and flat...and I struggled to understand what the actors were saying, especially the lead, who had a fake British accent on a little too thick for my tastes. I bet it would've been better with some tweaks in the script and maybe the casting, because I don't think Gwen was right for the role. It just seemed to drag on and on. Disappointing.



To Kill a Mockingbird...MY GOD, can a film get any more overrated? I read the book a few years ago for English and while I didn't think it was awful--after repeatedly having to write essays about the story made it worse. (In my opinion, if I had to just read the book and take a test, maybe I would've been happier.) But, the movie? I had high hopes, but they were dashed. You ever see a movie where the kids in it were so damn annoying you decided to stop watching? That's how I felt about this, but I couldn't stop watching! It was way too long and really, not all that much happens. I really think it was based on a true story, and Gregory Peck wasn't bad in it, but it was just a little too much. I also watched parts of a documentary on Mr. Peck after the movie, and I'm not sure how I feel about him as a person. As an actor, he did the job for the part of Atticus Finch, but how long is one man going to stay on Harper Lee's coattails? I would like to point out that it was refreshing to know that Lee's a woman...but I'm thinking this is one of those cases where the book was just better than the film. Eh.



I'm not sure what the requirements for these movies to be included in this list, but I'm thanking God my favorites aren't included. I think my heart would break, and I'd never be able to enjoy another movie of theirs again. But, Jimmy Stewart? He's still a favorite.

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