Thursday, January 1, 2009

Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now (1973)

Ranking: No
Moderately Trashy


Psychic thriller which I had always heard great things about and which turned out to be kind of a let down.

The plot basically involves Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie running around Venice for two hours worrying about all the weird psychic phenomena in their lives. They play a couple who, after the drowning of their young daughter, decide to go to Venice to do something. I think Donald plays an architect and he's building a church or something.

There, they begin to have weird premonitions, meet up with some weird sisters (one of whom is, of course, blind and psychic) and then there's something about an axe murderer which doesn't really come up until, like, an hour and a half into the movie unless I missed something.

I dunno. I usually sort of like this kind of thing, but this movie was a pile of crap. Everything about it was bogus and clich├ęd within an inch of its life. And they take forever to friggin get on with it.

The whole thing was just so... unbelievable. From the married couple always using each other's names when there's no one else there (a lot of movies have this problem but it really bothered me this time. Probably coz there wasn't really anything else going on to take my mind off of it) to Donald Sutherland spending, like, half the movie naked. I dunno, that just seemed weird to me. There are some things you just shouldn't do naked. Answering the phone, listening to music, taking a shower and blogging are all acceptable. Brushing your teeth, answering the door, cooking and eating would be weird. I don't know why.

And I'm sort, but that was I think the lamest sex scene in movie history. It was shot 'artistically' (or badly depending on how you look at it) and it was kind of hard to tell who was who. That was a little disturbing. Sex scenes in movies always strike me as somewhat extraneous anyway unless they're funny or further the plot in some way.

Moving on. There were a lot of scenes in the movie which could have been cool. At one point, Mr. S finds a dead doll on the river bank. Creepy! Throw in super happy music and it doesn't really seem that creepy...

The coolest part of the movie was when Donald got killed by a scary old person with an axe (spoilers), but I happened to be in the crapper picking my nose during that part. It sounded scary.

Suck ass movie.

END

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg. Written by: Alan Scott & Chris Bryant based on a short story by Daphne Du Marier. Starring: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania.

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