Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Michael Clayton

First off, I have to say I really enjoyed this movie. It unfolded really nicely, it was engrossing and everyone in it was excellent.

So why's it on the old' GRENADE!!, I hear you ask?

Because of the fucking DVD sleeve, that's why. According to the sleeve – 20th Century Fox be damned for being so fucking lazy – it's a "heart-pounding, action-packed thriller that cuts a vicious path to the darkest heart of New York City."

If you've seen the movie, you will know that is one of the worst descriptions you could possibly apply to this movie. I would even be cautious describing it as a thriller; it's more of a drama, in my opinion. Heart pounding? Well, I didn't die because my heart stopped during the movie, so I guess that's partly correct. Heart beating would have been better. And action packed... Just plain 'no'. When I pointed this out to my lovely wife, she said "They must have used the bit where the car explodes about eight times during the trailer then".

It's just plain not.

So 20th Century Fox, and specifically whoever passed that copy for this DVD sleeve – stop being so fucking lazy, you bunch of tools.

8 comments:

lotus07 said...

This pretty much sums up the never ending argument between what is 'art' and what 'profit'.

The studios obviously beleive that the dunderheads shopping at Blockbuster will want to see it more with the narrative on the screen. I am surprised they didn't mention Monster Trucks or Star Cruisers on there as well.

lotus07 said...

This pretty much sums up the never ending argument between what is 'art' and what is 'profit'.

The studios obviously beleive that the dunderheads shopping at Blockbuster will want to see it more with the narrative on the screen. I am surprised they didn't mention Monster Trucks or Star Cruisers on there as well.

hayley-emsley said...

Thanks for popping by my blog, where's your Indiana Jones review? haha

B.E. Earl said...

Gonna give you a great big "fail" on this movie review, badger. We jump on bad movies so that others don't have to watch them.

That's not the case here. Everyone should see Michael Clayton...it's THAT good!

B.E. Earl said...

To continue...to include it as a Grenade because the DVD cover sold a bill of goods is like saying that Jaws sucks because the shark clearly isn't as big in the movie as he is on the cover of the DVD.

OK...I'm done.

badgerdaddy said...

You're right in some ways Earl - everyone should watch the movie, it really was good. But we're also about not misleading people, and I thought this was really, really misleading.

I just wanted to right a wrong. Thanks for mentioning Jaws, I might do that one next...

Doing something for illustrative purposes is fine; lying on the marketing really isn't fine.

Besides that, 20th Century Fox are complete arseholes.

All that said... point taken.

badgerdaddy said...

I was just thinking, Earl... I bet you nearly shat when you saw 'Michael Clayton' at the top of the list. Ha ha!

B.E. Earl said...

badger - Especially since I had a post titled "Michael Clayton" on my regular blog with a glowing review. I thought something went wrong. ;)