Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Unsatisfying Meal

Chicken with Plums
2011.  93 minutes. France. 
Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. Watchdate: 4/30/2012.
Chicken with Plums is an entirely pleasant and mild movie that borders on being insufferably middle of the road. The absurdly cartoonish elements aren't particularly funny and the maudlin romantic moments aren't particularly moving, but there are a few scenes worthy of attention, particularly a long sequence that ends with some amusing opium-related comic business.

I haven't seen Persepolis so I can't compare it to the filmmaker's previous work, though I don't feel like I'm in more of rush to see Persepolis based on the style exhibited in this movie.

Sometimes I want to excoriate these middling kinds of movies, but it seems ornery and ideological to do so. What's the point of generating hatred where none existed before?

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