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The Hours

The Hours: I read the book some time ago and had trouble following it, mostly because I was completely unfamiliar with Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. The movie, however, was far less of a challenge to follow, especially as the time jumps are clearly marked. The acting all around was good; it was especially interesting to see actors I’d seen in vastly different roles. For example, I’m most familiar with Toni Collette from her role in In Her Shoes, but she was gorgeous as the 1950s housewife Kitty. And between Pleasantville and his beautifully understated portrayal of Richard’s ex-lover in this film, Jeff Daniels has certainly come a long way since Dumb and Dumber.  Anyway, back to The Hours.  Unfortunately, the Big Secret connecting the three timelines wasn’t nearly as much of an “ah ha” moment as it was in the book. In fact, when I explained it to my husband his response was, “That still doesn’t help me.” In all, the film was decent but not very cohesive. The connections between the three timelines were tenuous at best, with Woolf’s own story almost completely unnecessary. Like the book, I probably would have appreciated it more were I more familiar with Woolf’s books.

Aside: the score by Philip Glass was rather distracting for me, as there were times when it sounded strikingly like “The Meadow” by Alexandre Desplat, the bit of the score that showed up on the soundtrack for New Moon. And this is definitely not a film you want in any way associated with Twilight.

Crash

Crash: A complex story of strangers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. I can’t really explain the plot very well (though the film starts with a car crash, that’s not really the central focus), but most of the story deals with race and racism. All the major “color” groups are covered: blacks, whites, Middle Easterners, Hispanics, and Asians. There’s a lot of anger and self-righteousness and paranoia and defensiveness, and no one is completely innocent (except maybe one guy). It’s a pretty hard movie to take at times, but I’m glad I watched it. It gave me a lot to think about, much of it pretty uncomfortable, and had I watched it with a group I’m sure the discussion afterward would have been lively. Definitely deserving of its Oscars.

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