Hollywood creates movies designed primarily to entertain a mainstream audience. I get that. I really do. The high-rolling movie executives are in the business to entertain a mainstream audience and hope to make a lot of fucking money while doing it. Good for them. The trouble for me is, I’m not a mainstream movie watcher, so every time I think I’ll take another chance; roll the lucky Hollywood dice and hall my cookies off to one of the super-duper Cineplex venues, where they cater to Hollywood wonders, I’m usually always disappointed. I’m left feeling flat.
So, in the case of the Hollywood film I saw over the weekend, Hereafter, I was once again left feeling a bit empty. And I really wanted to like this film. The film is supposed to be about the exploration of life after death. A topic that has such potential for great emotional depth. Yeah, and the potential in this movie, it was right there, just begging to be come out and be noticed. But good ol’ Hollywood substituted strong and often conflicted character development for dramatic sensationalism. And I’ll admit that I was lulled into temptation by the films cinematography at times, but that didn’t have anything to do with why I went to see this film. The acting by most of the characters was okay, but certainly not great. I think the direction should have gone another way, and gone much deeper; pulling me into something believable; something emotional stirring; something…anything where mediocre good, gets Oscar great.
After Hereafter was over, I couldn’t help and wonder if other movie goers, maybe even some of the mainstreamers that Hollywood executives bank on, would also scratch their heads like I did, and have the same feelings of flat about Hollywood’s version of the Hereafter.
Always and forever thankful for my art house venue of wonderful -