Re: The Age of Innocence - Daniel Day Lewis is on Tomorrow

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Posted by Chris on April 05, 1998 at 17:24:39:

In Reply to: Re: The Age of Innocence - Daniel Day Lewis is on Tomorrow posted by Marcia on April 05, 1998 at 16:27:06:

: Ros wrote:
: : I must be devoid of sensitivity too. I thought this movie was BORING!..I thought DDL was BORING! I thought Michelle Pfeiffer was BORING! Didn't DDL go into seclusion to find himself after this movie too? Now I know why. I think he should stick to beng Hawkeye. Sorry Marcia, but even heroes make occassional bad movies.

: Hi, Ros. Sorry the movie bored you. I cried for an hour after watching it. I was anything but bored. But rather than say it was a bad movie, why not just say you hated it? I hated The Incredible Lightness of about being bored!!...but it won many awards and MUCH critical acclaim, so I have to think it was just my personal taste that found it so awful, rather than the movie being bad. When it comes to art, it is just SO subjective, isn't it? I have heard people say Mohicans was terribly unrealistic and poorly lit and yes, even badly acted. In fact, a webmistress of a BIG DDL site said Daniel's performance in it was laughable, especially his dreadful accent! I don't think that makes it a bad movie, though...just one that some folks didn't like. Every review I collected when Age came out was glowing, so the critics liked it. Though, I grant you, I certainly don't always agree with them.

: But, hey, I can't be the ONLY person on this board who liked Age, can I? Someone else, ANYONE else, have a kind word to say for one of my favorite films? Yikes. I'm worried now...maybe I'm not sensitive at all, merely sappy!? I guess it's just me and the pseudointellectual film critics! (BTW, I don't automatically like all DDL films...didn't like My Beautiful Laundrette, which has developed a near cult-following, in addition to Lightness.)

: Again, I'm singing "you say tomato, I say to-mah-to, you say potato, I say po-tah-to, tomato, to-mah-to, potato, po-tah-to, but we should never call the whole thing off!" Love the discussions!

: Marcia

Yes, Marcia, I liked it, although Newland Archer frustrates the soul out of me. He does make you want to slap him up the side of the head, doesn't he. The acting is not DDL's best, in my opinion, but he's certainly done worse (Eversmile, NJ). I like it for the depiction of the period, and the period was very straight-laced on the surface, although boiling underneath as the film pointed out. The costuming was wonderful. The glove scene was erotic. I have watched it a number of times and enjoy it each time I see it. As someone said, thank goodness our tastes are not all the same. The lines at the theaters would be awful.

By the way, if you FF through the first hour of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", it's a wonderful film, a strong period piece with an ending that knocks your socks off. It's just surviving the first hour that's the problem.

And Rich and Bill, knock it off. This is getting to be a personal shouting match and should be finished via email so the rest of us can have a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Thank you.

Chris :)

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