Friday, February 27, 2009

Fighting the backlash

On his website, Nick Hornby puts down Slumdog snobbery. I never wrote a full review of this year's Best Picture winner, but for the record I didn't find it as garish or assaultive as others did. I think that at a certain point the movie becomes fairly predictable once the dynamic between the two brothers is established. (One will do what it takes to survive so the other is protected and doesn't have to do much of anything) The final question on the quiz show should come as a surprise to no one who has been paying anttention, and I'm not looking forward to seeing Freida Pinto in the new Woody Allen movie. That said, Danny Boyle's technique and sense of pacing make up for a lot of flaws and as a fan of the underrated sci-fi Sunshine I'm piqued to see what Boyle will do with the clout an Oscar gives him.

Every time there’s a left-field, one-off, totally unpredictable hit like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or ‘Juno’, or ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time’, or ‘Stalingrad’, we should all give thanks to our gods, because they are what keeps the wheels of the whole commercial arts machine turning; without them, we’re doomed. They encourage risk – editors and commissioners can look at a script or a draft of a book and think, well, with a fair wind and a lot of luck, this might find its audience - and without risk, every new book and film and album would of necessity have to be part of a franchise.

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