Monday, 13 May 2013

Shall I? Shall I not?

FIlm Blog 2

SHALL I? SHALL I NOT?

by L. J. Spence

12/05/2013

Yesterday morning, I was already planning my next weekend. Baz Lurhmann's new version of "The Great Gatsby" is due at my local cinema, and I thought it would be a good chance to wallow in the decadent jazz age of 1920s America, a great, colourful time that could have only arisen after showing mankind its mortality following the First World War, that could only be balanced by a return to the dustbowl it came from, through the Wall Street Crash to the depression - watch John Ford's film of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" for the aftermath.

However, I have been put off from going now. "The Great Gatsby" has dropped from "must see" to "see it when the blu-ray comes out." Three problems caused this.

While one bad review may not sway you, just as a good one will reinforce your will to see a film, reports of a film already being "critically panned" can make you change your mind, even without checking to see if it is true. As of now, on Sunday 12th May, "Gatsby" rates 6.2 out of 10 on IMDb, and 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, both making an average of others' reviews. Should I forget that, make up my own mind, and go anyway?

The price of cinema tickets, let alone the cost of the popcorn, mean I only want to see something that I know is going to be the best I have seen for a while. Pixar know this, and have taken my money on many occasions. But will I go if I know the film has already been said to be OK?

The running time of "Gatsby," at 143 minutes, is quite a long time on paper, even if it might not be in practice. Having said that, I saw "The Dark Knight Rises," a great film throughout, but found it an ordeal to sit through all 160 minutes of it without feeling the need for an intermission to the toilets about half way through. Even Leonardo Di Caprio knows we got an intermission in "Titanic" before the iceberg hit.

It is no wonder that I, like many others, invest in a blu-ray player, a large television and a comfortable seat, at home.

The cinema industry can make it hard to go to the cinema sometimes.

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