Rent and Broken Flowers

Last night we watched Rent. I didn’t really like it. I’m glad movies like this can get made, and people are willing to take the risk of making a musical film these days, but I just couldn’t get into the story. The costumes, set, direction, acting, etc… were all very good, but I had a hard time believing it or even liking any of the characters. I almost feel bad for not liking it because I’ve heard it really strikes a chord with a lot of people. My other complaint is that is felt too slow. If you watch it, I hope you like it and aren’t disappointed like I was.

Broken Flowers was slow too, but in a calm, relaxing, way. It has a similar feel to Lost in Translation. If you don’t like Bill Murray’s more recent work (excluding Garfield), then you probably won’t like this. There’s a hint of a plot, but that’s not what it’s about. I liked it.

One Response to “Rent and Broken Flowers”

  1. Gordon Worley Says:

    I feel the same way about Rent. My fiancee loves the play and to a lesser extent the movie, but it suffers from bad writing. Some people really like the songs and the characters, but the plot is absurd (and not in a good way) and plot development is hard to find (the movie feels slow because you usually miss the plot development in everything else).

    I don’t think this is a characteristic of musicals. I can think of many musicals, both plays and movies, that I like a lot. It’s just something that’s wrong with Rent. But for whatever reason many people have bought into the idea that this crap is good.

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