... movie reviews
sun 2005-apr-10 02:25:56 pdt
Friday night we watched Sideways.
The trailers (which I'd seen several times) gave away most of the
plot, and I really try to know as little as possible about a movie
before I see it... So I went into it with fairly low expectations,
mostly just because I felt like I'd already seen so much of it.
Turned out that it stood up rather well to having had that much given
away -- I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd known less what
was coming, but it was still good.
Actually there was a fair amount of substance that hadn't been given
away in the preview, though really, that additional substance mostly
took the form of character development. I mean, the plot (besides the
last, I dunno, 10 to 15 minutes) was pretty much all there. So I'm
not sure to what extent it should have been a film driven by
character development, but I guess that's what it wound up being to
me. And I suppose that that was enough to carry it because I found
the characters quite believable -- thanks to both the writing and the
acting -- even if I didn't have much sympathy for them.
Anyway, so I do recommend it, but to anyone who happens not to have
seen the trailer, I recommend not watching that.