Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Film Police

The film site Reverse Shot lists the "11 Offenses of 2008." It rightfully tackles some of the most beloved movies of the year (The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire). Then there's Lauren Kaminsky's take on Revolutionary Road, which perfectly sums up my fears about the movie:
Entire paragraphs of dialogue are lifted from the page and issued from Winslet's over-enunciating lips. Yet, sadly, only the characters' spoken words are transferred to the screen, leaving us entirely without the inner lives that flesh out Frank and April. Yates's unsparing novel compels the reader to see the lost souls behind all these empty words and false pretenses; Mendes's embarrassing film mistakes these pretenses for the point, wallowing in the stagy materialism that its characters despise.


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