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26 March 2007 @ 07:27 pm
Movie Review  
Hey all!

I have another review for you today.

But first, can I say that seeing a film in the theatre and being the only patron there ROCKS? I was able to spread out, relax, and enjoy the film. I was also able to make quiet comments without getting branded "a crazy". Always important.

Film 7/20 Premonition Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Kate Nelligan, Nia Long

This film is getting an average of 2.5 stars by the critics but I think it's because they are failing to see what this movie really is. The commercials for this film make it seem like a supernatural thriller. What it actually is is a love story with supernatural elements. This is an important distinction.

The story, the dialog, the scenes? Not the meat of the story. The real story, the real nitty gritty of this movie is in what is going unsaid. So clearly unsaid, in fact, that on at least one occasion I blurted out "SAY IT!" to the screen.

I can see that critics are going to draw comparisons to The Sixth Sense and are going to brand Premonition as the lesser of the two movies. There is no comparison. That's like trying to compare apples and torque wrenches! The only place that they truly overlap is the same attention to mundaneness, the same focus on the tiny details. However, they veer apart there too; because while those mundane details proved to have such significance in The Sixth Sense, in Premonition, those details are just that: details. The detritus of a life, naturally lived. Important only to the people living that life.

The entire adult cast did an excellent job with the things unsaid. Almost Pinter-esque in the way that they seemed so loud! And the film itself poses some interesting philosophical questions, which I will leave you to puzzle out for yourselves. Any discussion of them would require spoiling the film and I won't do that.

I will say this, though. If you choose to see this film, and I do recommend it, keep in mind that it is really a love story with supernatural elements and not the other way around. You'll be happier with it that way. Trust me.

Three last comments:

If you do see it, please let me know if you, too, felt Sandra had had her eyes done. The shape seemed...off. Somehow.

Half-way through the film, I began to smell Apple Cinnamon cake or Oatmeal Cookies or something. There was no one else in the theatre and it was a stand-alone building. Neither of those items were on the limited concessions menu, either. If you see the film and something similar happens to you, I'm afraid we must consider that Hollywood has bought into Smell-O-Vision.

There is a scene where Sandra is standing in the middle of the road, contemplating. While she does so, two vehicles slowly pass her, heading away from her. One is a Harley tour bike. We never see anything about the person on the bike other than it is vaguely man-shaped and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the plot at all but raise of hands--who thinks that was Sandra's real life husband? I know I do.

Anyway. Good flick. Go see it.


flicka_fan: pic#54494035flicka_fan on March 27th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I have the question. Did they show the trailer for Georgia Rule? Because thats the only reason I want to see the movie lol.
seftiri: iDoryseftiri on March 27th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Nope. No trailer for that movie. They did show a trailer for an upcoming movie with Meg Ryan and she looked HORRIBLE. She's had so much face work done, she looks like someone completely different! A very surprised, weird-lipped stranger...

So disturbing...
a_noni_muss on March 28th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
So I loved your review and I have wanted to see this movie since I saw the previews because I love Sandra, but I do have an alternative motive for leaving a comment.

Did you know that Kate Mulgrew is in the Black Donnellys? 0_o
seftiri: seven of nineseftiri on March 28th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Yes. I found out last week. It actually almost makes me want to seen an episode but otherwise it just didn't sound like a show that I would be interested in. I would have expected a bigger hype on that particular bit of casting, though.

I guess Kate spent too much time on Broadway. She flat out rocked the house there, I hear, though.
a_noni_muss on March 28th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
I don't like the show either which is why youtube has been so wonderful in aiding and abetting my kate fangirling.

She does have an awesome blurb in a promo though.

Shut the door or I'm gonna hit you in the head with something.

Which is not remarkable in itself but amazing to hear from her mouth.

And she was on broadway? Tea at five or something else?
Tiffany: holding out for a hero picardpiekid on April 20th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
I think this has become Tiff-goes-back-and-comments-on-every-entry-she-hasn't-already-commented-on" day. Just FYI

It'll be interesting to see if I can at least say something worth saying in each comment. Even if it isn't relevant to the post.

And I'm gonna use icons I don't use much. YAY