I hate movie reviews.
I know people are busy, and they want the crib notes to every single facet of life.
Hence, the ‘so-called’ need for movie reviews.
But do they really add any value?
Would you invest in a mutual fund, based on the performance reviews of it’s staff? Or the actual returns the fund has achieved over a specified time frame? (I know, I know, past performance is no guarantee of future returns. I’ve read the product disclosure document)
So why not trust the returns that Oliver Stone has delivered to you, the movie watcher, over the course of his career, in preference to the snotty nosed advice of some punk sitting in a theatre.
So here’s my non-review movie review.
Make up your own mind as to how much you liked it.
If you liked the first one, this one, will not be a waste of your time.
One final thing:
A message to Oliver Stone, if you will. Do not, i repeat, not, confuse this with any kind of review. It is not.
If anything, it’s a letter of love, which is also not to be confused with modern-day ‘sexting’.
Any chance I could interest you in doing a TV series now?
My only criticism of the movies you’ve made since Any Given Sunday – Alexander, W and Wall Street 2, in particular, is that they could have been longer. We could have delved deeper. Let’s face it, there’s an abundance of material there.
It’s the reason why Mad Men is thousands of times better than Revolutionary Road. Some stories need more time to tell them effectively.
And it’s not like TV is the step back career-wise that it was once deemed to be. Some of the great writers and auteurs have created some fantastic TV in the last 10 years as the cable executives have given true autonomy to the creatives.
I find it difficult to believe that Alexander, W and Wall Street 2 would not have benefited from the time that Mad Men, The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood and the like had to develop the arc of their stories.
Oliver, if you don’t want to listen to me, how about Gordon Gekko, when he opined, “The most valuable commodity I know of is time”.
How about we use a little more of it next time.