|01.29.13||Netflix|| Jason Reitman's kind of steadily gone downhill for me. Loved Thank You for Smoking, liked Juno quite a bit the first time I saw it but it's gone under the unfortunate umbrella of being too popular for its time and now everybody seems to shit on it, thought Up in the Air was overrated, and now this which I only liked a few aspects of, which I will list out now:|
-I liked how we see Charlize when she's all made up and ready to kill and when she's in her comfy PJs and not worried about being "pretty." Of course it helps that you have someone like Charlize Theron (incredibly beautiful) to do this with.
-I kind of liked how at the end just when she's ready to grow a little bit she gets what I perceived as bad advice rather than good advice. In movies, people always get good advice in critical moments so it was kind of a cool turn in that regard.
-Overall I feel like Charlize was definitely a real character full of nuances and details that made up a rich portrayal.
However, she's just a hot girl acting horribly which I have no patience for in real life and definitely don't want to watch a movie to see more of. Where's the fun of Aaron Eckhart owning up to sleeping with Katie Holmes? Where's Sam Elliot as The Marlboro Man!? I definitely feel like Reitman's taking himself too seriously these days, or maybe he's just trying to act like a grown up or "this is the type of movie that Oscar winners make" or something. I mean I doubt it's that conscious but for whatever reason I'm liking his movies less and less which is a shame because I do think he's talented.