• The Help, Solaris (1972), Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark (63/29)

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    THE HELP – I think the tagline shown on the altered poster (below) may be more correct; “White people solve racism. You’re welcome, black people.” There’s nothing really wrong here, but this is a film that seems made for The Oscars. It has simple characters and simple solutions.

    – found in the story “If 2012’s Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth The Shiznit

    SOLARIS (1972) – Yes, it’s long. Yes, there is a long scene of monotonous driving that may not have been needed. This is a pretty dry and rather confusing film, but there’s something more to be had here. There are beautiful moments; visually and philosophically. I think that the meaning and story aren’t necessarily set – I’m not sure what I saw anymore. This may need a couple more viewings.

    It was long and slow and the dialogue seemed deliberately dry. But then the overall shape of the film floated into view, there were images of startling beauty, then developments that questioned the fundamental being of the characters themselves, and finally an ending that teasingly suggested that everything in the film needed to be seen in a new light. –Roger Ebert

    DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK – Part a grittier version of GREMLINS, part stereotypical family drama. A man (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) are renovating an old mansion, and his daughter arrives from her mother’s home. Her father doesn’t understand her, and barely has time or patience for her at all; all the better for intelligent little rat-like creatures to try to steal her away.

    Holmes was okay, but the daughter (Bailee Madison) was the real star of the film. Their relationship was almost believable, at least up until the ending. The whole film was… okay… but I wanted more, knowing that Guillermo del Toro was a writer here.

    I think it should be required that contemporary films label themselves as remakes on all advertising; that would make it easier. I only found out that there’s a version from the 70s as I was looking up the cast on IMDB. I think I’ll check out the original, and see how that plays out.


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