I had pestered Scott for the past four months that I wanted to see "Hugo", and he finally relented. The Academy Awards gave it "Best Special Effects" and a few other awards, and so we kept checking at RedBox to rent it. Last Friday we rented it - and Scott has now made an executive decision: I will never again be allowed to choose the friday night movie.
Have you seen it? There's a great 60-second message, but for the rest of the 2 hours, we kept saying, this is the strangest movie. I had to tell myself to think of it as a foreign film, and that made it a little better. But for some reason, we felt compelled to finish it. There is always that hope that the movie will get better in the next 5 minutes, and so we stayed up until midnight watching a movie that we could only label as unique and foreign.
We seem to go through periods of choosing bad movies. Just uninteresting, long, weird, void of symbolism movies. We hear about a movie, and even though no one else has seen it or recommended it, we check it out, convinced that we are on to a great discovery. It never pans out - we only discover why everyone was silent on the topic. A few years ago we watched several horrid films in one month: Australia, The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button, The Band's Visit, and Where The Wild Things Are. If you liked any one of those three films, maybe you were in a movie rut as well. I won't go through the pitfalls of each movie - except that as we left the theatre after each one - I heard several people say "There's two hours of my life I'll never get back." And I felt the exact same way.
It's Friday night again, and under no conditions am I allowed to rent a movie without Scott's consent. We'll see what tonight brings... Maybe this is why we stick to super-hero movies. You feel good at the end and you know that Superman fights for truth, justice, and the American Way.