Melvin Goes to Dinner
... movie reviews
sun 2005-jan-09 04:13:19 pst
So last night we watched Melvin
Goes to Dinner. It was fabulous. The screenplay is just
brilliant -- all the way through really, but particularly at the end.
And the acting is terrific; the actors who play the four main
characters had already spent several months performing the play on
which the film is based (and one of those four actors wrote the play
and the screenplay), so they clearly know the characters inside-out,
and they play off each other really well.
After watching it, I actually wanted to watch it again, so we watched
the commentary track. This had some interesting stuff in it, but
overall wasn't really worthwhile. I think I would have preferred to
have simply watched the movie itself again. Since the commentary
track rarely actually referred much to the scenes of the film on which
the commentary was overlaid, it wasn't really much like watching the
film again but with commentary; it was mostly just like listening to
the cast talk about stuff...
In any case, the DVD also has a great bonus feature called "The Frank
International Film Festival", which is a short mockumentary about the
film being screened at a festival consisting of this one guy named
Frank. It was awesome.