The title of this post comes from a line in Contagion where a doctor imparts his opinion of blogging. Now I will impart my opinion of Contagion on my blog. I also made Naomi watch Drive, she made me watch Sarafina!, and Gabe made me watch Lion King so I might as well opinionize them while I’m at it.
Contagion: B: The camera work was great, lingering on things people touched to note the inevitable spread of germs. But the film overall lacked any sense of urgency. Too many characters made it difficult to care what happened to one and the scale of the plague was never rendered strikingly enough. The focus on the medical professionals was a mistake, as I assumed (correctly) that the doctors would figure it all out.
Drive: C-: Why would a movie called Drive a)have only one lack-luster car chase, and b) not explain any justification for what motivates (i.e. drives) its characters? Staring at another person does not convey emotion. It conveys boredom. The “realistic” approach was unraveled by the excessive gore that begins in the second half of the film.
Sarafina!: C: This movie was confused about its motivations. Musicals can be about sombre subjects but every song in Sarafina! was uplifting and fun. Also, the entire middle of the film was song-and-dance-less. The random character change at the end seemed both abrupt and contradictory to what I assumed was the movie’s moral.
Lion King 3D: A-: Gabe wanted to test his theory that 3D can work if done with 2D animation, as evidenced in the flashback scenes of Kung-Fu Panda 2. He was right, maybe. It may have been more noticeable because it wasn’t originally 3D, making the forced insertion more glaring. It certainly didn’t hurt the viewing though, which is more than can be said of most 3Ding. The film was still as well-crafted as ever. I’d forgotten how quick (and smooth) the pacing was too.