So far, it's been an ok season, but as it turns out, they can't all be winners.
The Lady in the Van, finally came to town - well two weeks ago. But we just got around to seeing it this last weekend. We've seen previews since maybe last October or November.
Metacritic gave it a 70%. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 93%. That's quite a range. In terms of a test, that's C or an A-. It's safe to say, my percentage is equal to or lower than Metacritic.
First off, there should be laws when it comes to previews. I always expect the trailer to make the movie look better than it actually is, but to make a movie out to be something it's not is completely different.
The preview made Lady in the Van look like a light-hearted comedy about an eccentric woman, but you know what? There is little funny about being homeless, mentally ill, incontinence or having dementia. I suppose it is much more difficult to lure audiences in with that premise.
There were a few lines that made me smile a little, and zero that made me laugh - though for the 27 seconds that James Corden was in it, made it a little better. And Frances de la Tour is always always always welcome. And you never see Dominic Cooper enough, though de la Tour and Cooper were both in the playwright / screenwriter's Allen Bennet's History Boys, which was a play and movie that came off far far better than this.
It's not to say that Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings don't do a good job, but I think the material itself drags them down.....and allegedly Smith played this role on stage back in 1999.
I liked the neighbors - the secondary characters - much more than the main ones.
When it was over, both 710 and I shrugged. We joked that seeing Son of Saul would have provided more laughs.
Perhaps if we went in with a better inkling of the actual movie / subject matter other than the two and one-half minute clip of quips we might have walked out differently.
2016 Movie Count / Goal: 09 of 18
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