The Blind Side vs. Chocolat

Have watched two movies over the past few days. The first is The Blind Side, which is now on HBO at least 132,321 times per day. The other is Chocolat, which the wife rented.

When the wife and I initially saw The Blind Side in the theatre last year, something about the film rubbed me wrongly. I couldn’t place my finger on it—everyone else in the world seemed to love the damn thing, but I … just … did … not. Watching it again recently, I felt the same way. Enjoyable, decent, etc—but something just not right.

Then I saw Chocolat, a film I had no interest in.

Chocolat is, in a word, brilliant. Beautifully shot, excellent story. Best of all is the acting. I know little of Juliette Bincohe’s work, but in this film she’s entirely believeable as a wandering single mother with a nack for making chocolate. When she cries, you hurt for her. When she smiles, it radiates. Nothing, however, is overdone. Lots of subtleties—with her, with Alfred Molina, with Johnny Depp.

And therein lies my problem with The Blind Side. For a film that earned such grand reviews, there’s nary a moment of subtlety. When someone feels good about himself, he/she smiles ever so slightly, as to tell the viewer, “I feel good about myself.” When someone’s upset, his eyes gaze downward and his eyebrows furrow. The emotions are rammed down yout throat, so absolutely, positively nothing can be missed. On the bright side, every intent is crystal clear. On the down side, subtlety and texture makes a great movie great.

Anyhow, that’s what I have to say about that.

4 thoughts on “The Blind Side vs. Chocolat”

  1. Wow. You’re the first person I’ve met that’s felt that way about The Blind Side. I mean, I don’t care for it, but I’m full of contempt and hate for the world. At least, that’s the look I get from people when I try to explain why it wasn’t a great movie.

    Also, Chocolat. Wonderful movie. Saw it after ‘I Love You, Man’ referenced it.

  2. Juliette Bincohe picks her roles very carefully, kind of like Daniel Day Lewis. Everything she is in, it’s subtle but brilliant. I will now smoke cigars and binge Johnny Walker to compensate for this morning’s estrogen load.

  3. I wonder how carefully she chose Dan in Love. The movie wasn’t terrible and she was good in it , but it was no Choclat. If you want to see a couple of good movies with her rent Horseman on the Roof and the Widow of St Pierre.

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