Raidne, on 18 April 2012 - 04:02 PM, said:
Do you like Wes Anderson movies? Did you think the show was like Juno or will get like Juno? Some reviewers thought the SmartWater Vitamin Water references and discussion on texting/FB/gchat, etc. were a little self-consciously "in the moment" like that.
I do like Wes Anderson; I thought Rushmore was fantastic and The Royal Tenenbaums was even better, I'm on the fence on The Life Aquatic
and haven't seen his other movies.
I don't know what you mean by "like Juno" - I loved Juno, and I think people who criticize it (or, for that matter, praise it) specifically for its use of its own vernacular, pop-culture references, "too-clever-isms" are catastrophically and tragically missing the central point of the movie, which was Juno's vulnerability, and the way in which her eccentricity evolved as a means to mask it (one will notice that she uses less and less of it as the movie goes on and she grows up). Good movies / shows, like Daria, Ghost World, Juno, Easy A, present that sort of behavior for a purpose. Unfortunately they tend to spawn lesser imitators who copy some of the chords but don't understand the music and treat it like a gimmick, which in turn tends to cause some people to think that the only reason to present that sort of thing is as that sort of gimmick, which often leads to backlash against the original material.
Cliffs: I don't give the hair on a rat's left ass cheek what slang a show uses, whether it talks about facebook, or if it mentions a specific brand of vitamin water. As Ebert is fond of saying, a movie isn't about what it's about, it's about how it is about
what it's about. If it's using that sort of stuff as a gimmick, I trust I will be able to identify it as such in time, as I've been around the block a few times when it comes to this sort of stuff.
Something similar happened when Pulp Fiction
came out suddenly every movie that came out was fucking around with its chronology, but was generally doing so without any reason more eloquent than "Pulp Fiction
did it and people seemed to like it, and stuff."
It's too early to judge what Girls
is going to wind up to be, but I have faith that it's an auteur piece and not a churned-out product from the Hollywood Copycat machine which at least piques my interest. I tend to reserve full judgment on a show until after it has produced what I deem to be a full dramatic unit, which in the case of Girls
will probably be a season (unless it's horrible, in which case I will bail).