Monday, May 24, 2010

And The Migraine Goes To...

We just had a movie weekend. Netflix had provided us with Avatar and The Hurt Locker at the same time so we hunkered down to watch these two highly rated, award winning films. I'm still very annoyed that we weren't able to see Avatar in theaters - how can they not even offer a non-3-D version? Honestly, there are many people who can't spend 2 hours and 45 minutes watching anything in 3-D. I would be willing to bet money that in the long run this unfortunate trend towards 3-D movies and TV will prove harmful. For the record, I HATE IT!

Anyway, I really loved Avatar. It is one of the better new movies I've seen in quite a while. Despite being rather long I never found myself looking at the clock and hoping it would wrap up already. It was visually and substantially interesting. The Hurt Locker, on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment. It got all kinds of buzz about being this accurate depiction of life in Iraq for the soldiers who diffuse bombs without being political. The trouble was that in doing so they also didn't really tell a story. In the 2 plus hours we learn about this man who is really good at diffusing bombs and he loves doing it more than anything. That's it. I think maybe without a point of view it just can't be much more than that. I don't understand how it ever won best picture over Avatar. My theory is that it ended up winning simply because it is the first Iraq war film that hasn't been terrible.

The real question was which one would give me a migraine. And the Migraine goes to - The Hurt Locker.


  1. Bombs exploding just sounds headache inducing. Thanks for the review!!

  2. I probably need to be slapped b/c I still haven't seen either one. And we own Avatar! I'll get there at some point.

  3. Well it will be there waiting for you whenever you're ready Diana. :)