|The Battle of Shaker Heights
||[Sep. 10th, 2003|08:26 pm]
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|||||Myracle Brah, Going Crazy||]|
The Battle of Shaker Heights takes the "play-within-the-play" theme to heights that Shakespeare never dreamed of. The problem is...I never watched Project Greenlight on HBO, so I only saw the play within and not the whole play.
I kinda wish I had done. It would have made the part I did see more interesting.
This is not a bad movie. It's getting bad reviews, but it's not that bad. It's just...ordinary. Nothing stands out. It's a little like Say Anything (even to a "capitalist larva" rant), a little like The Graduate, and a little like "Catcher in the Rye" and it's got bits from Clerks and Go...but that's its problem. It's not a movie so much as a mosaic. It's a lot of great scenes borrowed from other movies Frankensteined together. But that doesn't really make a movie.
I think that, had I seen the Project Greenlight episodes, the movie would have taken on a whole different feel. There's a lot going on that I had no clue about; I saw it last night with Joe and he was telling me where some things were going on behind the scenes; for instance, there's once scene that looks like it's taking place in full daylight but which was actually shot after sunset.
I could see where this would make a fascinating DVD if they put the Project Greenlight series on there with the finished movie. Seeing the movie alone is like watching only the second film in a trilogy...you get the feeling there's more going on you should know about, but you're not quite sure what.
(PS, if you're playing along at home, this was movie #65)