The Impossible

the impossible

I seriously thought I wrote this one but I must have just written it in my head probably at around 5 am because that’s when my brain likes to write long missives but my body does not want to get up so I can’t write anything down which results in my missives (which I’m sure are excellent and a loss to the writing world) being entirely useless (not like the things I write when I’m awake – they are so useful…). Yet I convince myself I’ve written a blog entry – nice one brain.

So, The Impossible. It’s a true story so it’s another story I was spoiled on before I watched the film not because I read the book (eeuw – nonfiction) but I saw the author interviewed. Also it’s called The Impossible which I feel gives quite a lot away (but that’s all the explanation you get).

The first half hour of this film is seriously some of the best cinematography I have ever seen. It depicts the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in all its horror to the point that it’s almost too real – how did anyone survive this? While it’s a horrible thing to make a pun about, I was literally blown away by the power of the film. Brilliant. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to watch this in the cinemas. It must have been almost too much to bear.

Unfortunately, another hour or so of what amounts to a pile of drama follows which was a real let down. The first scenes were just too good. Nothing could maintain my amazement after that half hour that had me on the verge of tears. The drama that followed just seemed trite. Of course, being a true story I knew I should have felt more but having been spoiled I also felt I had an out – in terms of knowing not to get too involved in the red herring drama moments.

Admittedly, Ewan McGregor and especially Naomi Watts (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie… you know the rest) were amazing. Did Naomi win something for this? She should have. Ewan was sweet but in a lot of ways he really had the easier role. Naomi’s character’s pain was palpable. Every scene clearly outlined the pain in her body and the pain in her heart while also the strength she maintained, mental and physical, for the child she was also trying to save. Wow – that’s some acting there. Without her I think this film would have completely lost me after that mind-blowing start.

It was really hard to write this post without saying I was “swept away” – I hate myself…

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The Blind Side

the blind side

Is it just me or is Sandra Bullock starting to look like later life Michael Jackson? A quick images search and apparently it’s not just me…

Weird.

Weird.

Anyway apart from the distraction of constantly wondering “is that Sandra or Michael?’, I thought The Blind Side was just a disappointingly bad film. How this ever won Sandra/Michael any awards is beyond me. She puts on an accent? She wears tight clothes? She is a woman of ‘a certain age’ who got an acting gig? She looks like Michael Jackson? And she won the Academy Award for best actress? I’m starting to think I could win one.

The best thing about The Blind Side is that it is a true story. I would have much preferred to watch a doco about the actual family than this overblown melodrama. The main character is not even the main character; wouldn’t it have made sense to tell this from the point of view of the young man whose life was turned around? What do I know about that guy from watching this? Not much, apparently he plays football now.

Some good things, I am Australian therefore know nothing of this “American Football” stuff and I didn’t need to know anything to understand what was going on (good thing). Yes, that’s it.

Here are some bad things, so many stereotypes about the black community in the USA, are they really all dodgy/drug addicted/unemployed/gang members? Not one black person (apart from our footballing hero) was portrayed in a good way (bad thing). Even the man who first took in our footballing hero abandoned him to homelessness (bad thing). On the other hand Sandra/Michael’s family are rich white angels with so much money and love to give and no drugs/dodginess/unemployment. So, The Blind Side, are you telling me that white people are really better than everyone else because their skin is so pale? (bad thing). Seriously, only white people are good in this movie. A few white people are a bit judgemental but none of them are “really” bad apparently because they all have money and jobs and white skin (bad thing).

This could have been done so much better, it is a true story, so, yes, a rich white family took in a young black homeless man and gave him an amazing opportunity to shine (good thing, definitely). But did the screenwriters really have to suggest that there was no other way out, that there were no shining lights in his community to be an example of not being drugged/dodgy/unemployed? That there were very few chances for this young man with his family background and the influences around him is clear but to write-off a whole community as poor, mean and bad is pretty offensive. I get that being part of a poor community does limit chances (bad thing) but the stereotyping of non-whites versus whites in this film is really pathetic (bad thing).

Sandra/Michael is usually a good actress but this film is pretty much a load of tripe. Portraying a rich white family as heroes for using their money for good is boring and how many more times do we need to see white people heroically saving non-white people from poverty? It’s condescending and pretty much just racist (do I need to say it? BAD THING). Anyone can end up in poverty and there are many different reasons not just crack addictions and being a gang member. Not everyone who lives in a ‘bad’ part of town is a loser with no future. Hollywood needs to stop telling us this is so.

I am so disappointed by this film. Sandra/Michael has let me down. I’m off to watch The Heat again so I can at least get a couple of laughs out of her Sandra/Michael face again (good thing).