5/15- Willing Suspension of Disbelief
David doesn't like fantasy or science fiction. After being with me for almost five years, I still cannot get him to watch Lord of the Rings or read Harry Potter. He says they hold no interest for him. I ask why? He says their premises are too ridiculous and that he will just spend the entire time thinking things like "that could never happen."
And that is the point.
Even if you don't like science fiction, you do like escapism. Everyone does. We all need it in small to medium doses from time to time. Hell, this entire blog is rooted in escapism.
This leads me to the segment of this blog that, from this point on, I'm officially calling PLUG/UN-PLUG where I will either "plug" for the weekends big movie opener, or not. (And yes, I am fully aware of the total grossness of the word "plug"...that's why I picked it). This week...
"Angels & Demons"- PLUG
I didn't read The DaVinci Code, but I saw the movie late one night on satellite. It was pretty good (it kinda drug at the end). A few weeks ago, I was in B&N and the Mighty Morphin Movie Machine was hard at work promoting the film by selling $6.00 paper back copies of Angels and Demons right up front. So of course, like a lamb led to the slaughter, I bought one. I read it in one day and had a really good time doing it. Was it great literature? No. But it was mighty fine book crack. And from what I hear, the general consensus is that it's a better book than The DaVinci Code.
So, I'll go see the movie. The trailer is compelling. I like Tom Hanks. Apparently everyone else does too. His movies always sell. I don't think he's a good Langdon though. If you've read the books, you'll agree that Tom Hanks is nothing like Langdon (at least in my mind).
In terms of religious content and controversy, Angels and Demons is much much less incendiary. It doesn't tread the sacrilegious lines that people felt The DaVinci Code did. In fact, I hear the Vatican is okay with this one. They're not giving away free tickets like it's the "Passion of the Christ" or anything, but they're not boycotting.
But, be forewarned. It is not a plausible story. The things in the book could never, never happen. However, if you just want to willingly suspend disbelief for 2+ hours, it'll probably be worth your $7.50.
Next up: Cannes fashion fun. Stay tuned.