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What's wrong with me then for liking this?,
This review is from: Sideways (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
I realize this movie has come and gone but over the last year I've really grown to love it and after reading some of the reviews that this movie was so poor I felt compelled to give my opinion.
First, what's with the "boring" film thing, if you want exciting I don't know, rent something that's supposed to be exciting with explosions and Bruce Willis. Or if you find it morally ambiguous, consider what movies the director traditionally makes, Election, About Schmidt, these are somewhat dark, slow, depressing movies, rent something with Larry The Cable Guy if that's your thing; point is a little research prevents bad movie choices.
At 28 what I like about this movie is that it recognizes that life is messy and complicated. Considering my limited life experience I recognize that getting older doesn't automatically make someone perfect, responsible, and ethical. Cheating on spouses is not for me, but I've known couples (one of which many would describe as a good couple) who've cheated on each other. I'm not saying this is right but the point is I think people should be able to see some aspects of this story that are similar to their lives. Have you ever had a hard time getting over someone, or has one of your friends??? Ever know anyone who's unable to admit about a problem or won't admit they are in a rut?? I think lots of people feel like this, including myself; the point is there are those moments that give you hope. I'm speaking specifically about Miles in this movie, at one point in time he was much better, (though weak, he did cheat on his wife) Jack describes an entirely cheerier person. Miles reluctantly goes on this trip and is almost literally forced to recognize Mia as prospective relationship; this is ultimately positive, a reminder that opportunities for happiness are all around us if we choose to acknowledge that we are unhappy, in ruts, and are brave enough to follow them out. I know Miles does some despicable things, but somewhere he knows there is a person he wishes he could be, someone who does not just settle down, have a family, and eventually be married 50 years to their fat friend who they argue with constantly and live in there own worlds of denial. I feel I have hope for people in general; I look at the characters in the movie and think they want to be happy and hopefully they deal with the problems in their life.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2008 5:19:32 PM PST
Kimberly L. Collings says:
Excellent! My thoughts Exactly!
Posted on Mar 26, 2008 8:04:43 PM PDT
You are one thoughtful, insightful 28 year old. Personally, I don't think Jack wants to improve himself. He's too flaky and self-absorbed. And how many of us have known someone like that? Someone who just never quite grows up, doesn't want to really, and any time they are around, there will be some kind of chaos and/or mischief. But Miles, yes, he has potential.
I enjoyed your review.
Posted on Feb 25, 2010 6:07:45 AM PST
I liked this movie because I could actually care about the characters in it. So many movies these days have one dimensional characters the movie companies could save a lot of money just using CGI characters instead of paying the "actors" their bocou bucks. So, my dear, there is nothing wrong with you, your just part of this crazy race we call human. And don't forget Miles is probably in his 4o's and that means there's not a lot of time left to became a famous author. Also, a lot of people complain about their "ruts" but they would really be hard pressed to actually leave. It's scary out there alone. Trust me, I've been there and I didn't like it. But, I suppose for a man it's different. Well, good luck and take care.
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