Gone Girl not my cup of tea
So this weekend was full of hankies, Vicks and films, two films in fact that I have wanted to see for ages. One was “Gone Girl” and the other “The Maze Runner” (I loved the book). I wanted to see “Gone Girl” because I had heard so much about it (good and bad) I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
While the rest of the audience gasped and laughed and came out the cinema gushing with praise, I was there going “what the **** was that?”. I picked it apart with my husband at length. It was a good story, had lots of subliminal messages (that I liked) , had good acting and a great twist (even though I had figured it out) . I should have liked it, except I didn’t. It made me feel uncomfortable, I found it cold, calculated and void of any human emotion (which perhaps it was meant to be), I thought it had unnecessary scenes in it just to shock. I just didn’t dig it. Then it struck me. I see films as a way to learn and heal and grow in fact so much so I got trained in cinematherapy. I think in films, we see on the screen a part of ourselves that needs to change and we learn through watching. I want to come out of the movies and feel I have learnt, grown or healed a little. Watching a film for mindless entertainment is not my thing anymore. And in “Gone Girl” there wasn’t a little bit of me that felt connected to the story or the characters therefore I wasn’t learning and it bored me. It wasn’t a bad film it just didn’t engage me the way I want to be engaged. End of really.
Now The Maze Runner on the other hand I adored – so much in fact I have already seen it twice. Watching it makes me ask myself questions like, “could I survive that?” , “How would I respond to that?”, “What role would I play here?”.
So I guess the moral of the story is we love the films that resonate and hate the ones that don’t.