So very angreeeeee


The delectible A-Bomb and myself saw “Never Let Me Go” on the weekend, and I hated it. I think it was as fundamentally loathsome a piece of cinema as I’ve ever encountered. And the more I think about it, the more I hate it. Be warned – there are mild spoilers in this rant, so if you’re planning on seeing it (I’d advise you not to) you may want to stop reading and go sky-diving or something instead. I hear sky-diving is pretty awesome.
Since I walked out of the cinema, I’ve been trying to figure out what about the film made it so singularly fucking detestable to me. It was nicely shot, pretty well acted for the most part. It was depressing, but I usually love depressing stories. Stuff like Requiem for a Dream or The Proposition or Nineteen Eighty-Four totally float my boat. So why, on a scale of one to ten, (ten being this website, one being  locked up with The Tossed Salad Man) would I give this film less than zero?
Two reasons:
1)      I didn’t get the point of it. I understand it’s about mortality and the inevitability of death and how fate, by its very nature is inescapable. I get that. But fuck me. I need to pay for the privilege of being told this? I know I’m going to die. I firmly believe this is the only chance at life I get. I AM AWARE. Why would you make a film that essentially says “LALALA, you are fucked, accept your fate, lol”? Why do I need a pack of miserable British people with bad teeth to tell me this? And if this is the subtext of the film, then…
2)      WHY DIDN’T THEY RESIST? There is no fate but what we make. None of us are limited to lives of drudgery or acceptance or meek and blind obedience. Even if the odds are a million to one (like, say a complete nobody getting plucked out of the slush-pile and landing an ‘I’m getting the next round’ three-book deal with a huge publisher) , there is still a chance.  Take it. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. Better to exit with a roar than a whimper.
The characters in this film were so goddamn weak. Kathy and Tommy had what many would argue is the greatest reason in the world to stay alive – LOVE. Do they run? Do they fight to keep it? Heavens forbid, how uncouth. We’re British dontchewnoe. We’ll just march meekly as lambs to the slaughter, shall we?
Which may have been the point of the film. These kids had been conditioned since birth to accept what they were and what their fate would be. In which case, I ask again, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THIS FILM?
Fuck this film. Fuck this message. You find real love, you fight until your dying breath to hold onto it. And anyone who tells you different needs a punch in the throat.
I’m off to listen to some Pantera.  >_<


25 Responses to “So very angreeeeee”

  1. Synde says:

    I promise the book will make you less angry.

  2. JaimeLoren says:

    Holy Jebus! I knew you were angry this morning, but I see the rage has now set in. I’m tempted to quote Yoda, but I’ll refrain. I will say that I especially liked your ‘punch in the throat’ comment. That’s some damn nice imagery right there. And from what you’ve said, it’s probably more fun than watching the movie. 😀

    • Lol, I’m calm now. The promise of pizza and Boardwalk Empire has appeased me. But yeah, there’s something far more violent about a punch in the throat than a punch in the face. And a punch in the neck sounds even worse. Kinda funny, that.
      Anyways, mmmmm, pizza…

  3. Manon Eileen says:

    Breathe in… Breathe out…
    Now I have to check out this movie and see for myself if it’s as bad as you say.
    Heh.

  4. Judd says:

    I get pretty fucking pissed when people have Love and go wusstastic on it too mate, but usually I just hold MY awesomelyhot wife and maybe cry a little.
    HINT: crying after movies like that sometimes gets you laid.

  5. mimetic74 says:

    never let me go is on that list of mine. a japanese sounding name writing an english story? i eat that shit for breakfast so i gotta have it. then i saw keira knightly as the lead of the movie come out recently and vowed to stay away from it. i hear great things about the book, but she can fuck anything up. wish i coulda saved you from that bullet, dude.

  6. Liking the new digs. And will stay away from this movie then. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. mimetic74 says:

    by the way, that quote from catch 22 makes me think you should give it a second shot one day.

  8. mimetic74 says:

    yup, nately says to the old man, “it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” the old man says, “you’ve got that backwards, it’s better to live on your feet than die on your knees” i’m paraphrasing, but i think that’s pretty close.

  9. mimetic74 says:

    che guevara also said it i think…

  10. mimetic74 says:

    wiki says it’s emiliano zapata…

  11. Lisa says:

    Er, I loved the book. Haven’t seen the movie yet. But I thought the book was brilliant.

    • Dunno. Haven’t read the book. Would be really interesting to get more opinions from people who’ve done both.
      What do you think the subtext of the book was? The message I got from the movie was “OBEY”.

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