4.23.2012

Movie Comfort Food

As a foodie, I always love to compare food to film.For example, how in both cases tastes are involved as well as the subject's (food/film's) ability to satiate and stay with you....to be something memorable and filling. Or, conversely, to be merely forgettable junk that you put in your body without a second thought...just because you need something right then. With food, sometimes you will go to a restaurant and try a meal that you conclude that anyone could and should like that meal. It just is perfection itself in every bite and you don't know how anyone could see things differently. You are completely confident that if ANYONE simply tried it and gave it a fair shot they would love everything about it. (No, I'm not about to compare creme brulee to jello.....)

And then....there's stuff that you really can't explain to anyone else WHY you love it. You just always have... and you know that they cannot and will not have the same appreciation you have for it because it just means something different to you. Like for me the best example is chicken nuggets or macaroni & cheese. 80% nostalgia 20% actual food content. And not so much the mac n cheese because I don't know when the last time was I actually ate that, but I still get my chicken nuggets regularly. I know most of the world thinks its gross, but I continue to love it. Why? They just take me back to a simpler time and when I eat them I'm always satisfied (for what I expected) and am happy. Perhaps it's because it makes me remember little Emily and all the fun she used to have and who she was. Well...obviously I'm alluding to something... so what then is the movie counterpart? 

Well, Friday night I embraced that same part of my nostalgic self and went to the dollar theater to see drumroll........Star Wars Episode I in 3D. Cue the groans and everyone no longer taking my film tastes seriously. To be sure, I know my brothers are always waiting for me to admit how awful those prequels are. And don't get me wrong....I really can give you an extremely long list of all of the movie's flaws that do become more and more evident the older I get. "Yipee!!" ?? Really? The winning combo of Jake Lloyd & Jar Jar Binks, poo and fart jokes galore as well as other very cringeworthy dialogue...I really could go on for a bit...

But that said...........it still makes me happy when I watch it and it takes me back to another time. Every time I hear those first few notes of the Star Wars theme followed by the crawling text it just brings a certain joy to my heart and makes me feel a sense of comfort...no matter what's going on in my life! And I'm not gonna lie.....seeing that floating text in 3D was extra cool. When it comes down to it I just love that fictional world and the people in it....and seeing their adventures no matter what the stage in the story makes me happy even if it isn't perfect. And it reminds me of the happy little sixth grader who was all too happy to be obsessed with it when it came out and how much I looked forward to each installment as I grew older. Along with the originals, it was these movies and their stories that REALLY sparked a love of all things film and filmmaking that has stayed with me my whole life and I could never bring myself to hate them. Like the nuggets, I know they're flawed and I know not everyone loves them...but I love them all the same. It's kind of like a time capsule of who I was then. I see how it's easy to make fun of now...but I'll always have an appreciation for it and the great moments that it did have. And I gotta say...George did the 3D right. I'm excited about all the rest. (Also the redone Yoda looked SO much better here. I was very much impressed.)

But Star Wars wasn't the only movie I watched this weekend. I also caught The Vow in the dollar theaters (worse than nuggets...in the food analogy....probably along the lines of twinkies or something gross like that... haha) and then tonight I was in a (500) Days of Summer mood again (the perfect meal I referenced in the first paragraph). I'll skip analyzing that one for now since I've talked about it enough here...(though I still might revisit it again soon in another post...) but seriously....that movie is just perfection to me. And very interesting watching both it and Star Wars this same weekend. It was like viewing two very important stages of my life as represented through film. Star Wars was who I was and still am to an extent, but (500) Days of Summer is who I've become. But enough on that psycho babble and onto The Vow.

This movie was really just not good. Haha! Was I expecting it to be? Certainly not. I just saw it at the dollar theater and can you really say no to anything in the dollar theater? Okay yes, you can as there's currently playing Big Miracle that stupid whale movie with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski (why Johnnnn why???) worst. movie. trailer. ever. (yeah, I say that a lot what with Country Strong and that other movie with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah existing. shudders...) But anyway all I can say was it was really hard to feel any sympathy to Rachel McAdams. Oh, boohoo you wake up and find that you have a caring husband that obviously you loved enough to marry, why make a fuss to waking up to a perfect life? I mean don't get me wrong. Channing Tatum isn't my dream man (he looks like he has zero personality or humor...he's basically the very definition of a male bimbo..) but I wouldn't be complaining if I woke up and found out I married him. I'd trust myself to know that it would have had to have been for a reason right? And in fact I'd suggest we go into the other room to see if we could do anything to jog that memory of mine. Heh heh. 

But anyway besides that plot puzzlement it was just pretty junk food in general if you know what I mean. Formulaic, melodramatic and silly to a tee. But when you're going to order something off the dollar menu, (if you will), you can't really expect too much right? As we have learned...sometimes I delight in a bad movie or the occasional junk food here and there. It's good for a laugh in its awfulness and it is what it is. I definitely don't think the world should consume only that or large amounts of that...there is such a thing as movie obesity when you watch ONLY crap. But here and there it's harmless so long as you keep it in perspective and know that entertaining doesn't equal good. But you know what's the best thing? Is that by even writing this review on The Vow, my sister Laurie is gonna put it on top her "must list" hehe


5 comments:

Amelia said...

Haha you need to make a top 10 "unseeable list" based on movies you already hate from the trailers

Emily said...

Haha! That's a good idea!

Mom said...

And that's another reason to not like Rachel McAdams. And now, as your mother, I'm worried about the line where you said he'd take you in the next room and....... can't go any further with that one.....

I have the same experiences with books. However, I've found when I've gone bake to reread them that they were better than I knew. David Copperfield, anyone?

Reminds me of how someone told me they could watch "Big Business" over and over. Yeah, me, too. I know it's not great art. But it's satisfying none the less. Sometimes you want Jello and not Creme Brulee!

Emily said...

I never want jello! Haha but I know what you mean. I only say that because I think jello is gross. Haha

Sarah said...

I never want jell-o...puke. But I do want twinkies! How can anyone hate twinkies? Hmmmm. Anyone up for creating a twinkie creme brulee recipe with me? The best of both worlds? Ha ha! Actually, that might be pretty good...

Your chicken nugget analogy was perfect. There are just movies that take you back to a certain time in your life and they become priceless for that reason, if they aren't amazing films. Heck, that's why I still get a kick out of Mannequin! :)