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There were two movies that I saw late last year and early this year that sent me into a film-loving spiral: There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men.
See, with No Country, I had no idea who the Coen Bros. were though I had seen O Brother Where Art Thou and The Ladykillers. And then, suddenly, I wanted to know everything about them. By mid-summer, I had seen all their films. I just saw Burn After Reading (maybe a review of that soon…) and so, now, I’ve seen most all their movies save Intolerable Cruelty which just scares me in how smug it seems.
But with There Will Be Blood, I hadn’t seen any of PT Anderson’s films and I had no idea who the fuck he was. But, once I saw Blood, I knew I wanted to see everything he’d done.
And Boogie Nights was my final entry into seeing all of his films.
Boy, was it a naughty little movie.
Based on an earlier short film that Anderson did when he was 17 (he even quoted Dirk Diggler in his Sr. yearbook), this is a movie about porn and cocaine and one very large penis all based around John Holmess life.
All the usual suspects are in this film: William H. Macy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, and Luis Guzman, but the central character is played by Marky Mark. This time, though, his Funky Bunch is all in his pants.
It goes from the 70’s through the 80’s, with a rise and a fall and a refrain, and it’s all done very well.
But this review stands solely that I can discuss this one scene: Dirk’s first foray into cocaine. See, what I was expecting was the typical, slow-motion, close-up, THIS FUCKING MEANS SOMETHING shot when we see Dirk do his first line. Instead, though, it’s simply a passing shot like, “Oh, well, here’s Dirk doing some coke for the first time.” It was interesting to see how the cinematography didn’t act as if this was a central point in the movie but, rather, a passing scene. And I absolutely loved that. It threw me for such a loop that, even a couple weeks after seeing the film, I am still throttled by the way it was shot–much like the lighting in a scene of the movie Adaptation where Meryl Streep is saying all these things about wanting somebody and needing to feel alive and the lighting is done in such a way that our eyes are drawn towards her wedding ring.
There are just some things that give me chills in film. And those two scenes were definitely up there.
But don’t get me wrong, the rest of the movie is just as fabulous. It’s all very well done and very meticulous.
So I’m not a member of the media so this review is automatically late.
I’m not complaining, just saying.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play infantile 40 year olds in this comedy that revolves around their potential coming of age.
It’s the same type of story you’ve seen before–infantile mid-30’s40’s man has to grow up to deal with some sort of situation. Look at Billy Madison or Big Daddy or most any other Adam Sandler film.
But instead of this being about one infantile 40 year old, it’s about two. And they both think they’re better than the other.
They’re step brothers because their divorced parents just got married to each other so they’re living together and forced to share a room.
That’s the plot. Does it sound funny? It could, if you feel like this type of thing isn’t outplayed or just sheerly annoying. I enjoy Billy Madison because of the characters around him–his crazy father, his squirrelly archenemy, his friends.
This movie, however, just plain didn’t work for me. I like John C. Reilly but I prefer him in more seriouspathetic roles. Same with Will Ferrell–he has the ability to be a comic with a soul. We saw shades of this in some of his more seriousdarkly comic turns in other films.
But this film and director Adam McKay’s other efforts with Ferrell (Anchorman and Talladega Nights) seem a bit too farcical and overdone. It’s surprising that they’re developed out of the Apatow clan (Seth Rogen even makes a cameo) because it’s not the same style of comedy from their other, more heartfelt, efforts.
Overall I guess it was okay. There were a few good laughs that I won’t spoil for you but unless you like 40 year old males acting like 15 year old mid-pubescent boys, this movie won’t be enjoyable for you.