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[Jan. 31st, 2006|08:27 am]
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Oscar noms are starting in a few minutes. In light of Crash and its very probable Best Picture nomination, I just had to voice my dissenting opinion. In fragments, because I never finished my review. I exaggerated for emphasis.

"In short: a transparent and simple film that thinks it’s complex. A film that tries to involve the audience but feels oddly distant and manipulative. It can’t decide what it wants to say about race so it tries to tackle the whole of racially-driven emotion and experience—-but then does so in strict dualisms (good/bad, happy/sad/, smart/stupid, tense/relieved).
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Crash feels much like an extended episode of some popular hour-long TV drama.
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That said, the performances are mostly excellent, given the circumstances.
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The "intersecting paths" thing was a little unbelievable in Traffic but forgivable there, because in all other respects it was a superior film. Here, by the time Ryan Phillippe's Officer Hanson completes the cycle of coincidence, I was wondering if there are, like, ten people in L.A.
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The most intense moments (I think everyone has seen this but just in case) are much more manipulative and predictable than well-constructed.
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And the very strange treatment of its Asian characters.
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Some reviewers have called it too bleak, some have said the dialogue is too metaphorical and theatrical-—these aren’t my problems with Crash. The film deludes itself into thinking that it’s something more than a single extended cliché, so some of us buy into its gritty hope and easy observances, but this reviewer was left cold."
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From: materialising
2006-01-31 04:04 pm (UTC)
Overall I liked Crash - though I admit I'm confused as I thought it would have come out in theatres too late to be considered for this year's awards. At any rate, I did have issues with the intersecting story and how the film's premise (race) was almost shoved down the viewer's throat at every moment; I thought it would have been much better in a more subtle way. I guess it seemed a little pedantic to me. And Brendan Fraser? I can't take him seriously at all - he's still Encino Man all the way. Between the casting of him and Bullock, the rest of the film's extraordinary performances really stuck out and those two just seemed to flounder and make the film really awkward, in my opinion.
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[User Picture]From: transubsituated
2006-01-31 04:11 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Crash, don't get me wrong, I just thought it was so problematic and disappointing with regards to the race question, and felt like a TV show, where the issues are plain and shoved down your throat. I had to express my dissatisfaction at its inevitable Oscar noms, which it did get.

You know how in some classes, things are shorthanded and so many assumptions are made for the sake of time? I felt that way about Crash. I like feeling more like I'm reading a text in all its glory when I watch a film [not always, but for a complex premise like race, I expect more]. And yeah, this is probably Bullock's best performance, but I've always hated her and Fraser. Did you see Gods and Monsters though? I liked that one.
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From: notpossible
2006-02-01 08:29 pm (UTC)

i still haven't seen 'crash'. hmm.

don't worry, i doubt it'll get "best picture". that honor will most likely go to 'brokeback mountain', which i thought was only "so-so". oh well.
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[User Picture]From: transubsituated
2006-02-02 12:18 pm (UTC)

Re: i still haven't seen 'crash'. hmm.

i doubt it'll get best picture too thank goodness. i thought brokeback mountain was very good though. i dare say this wasn't the best year for movies?
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