I suppose that the song is the theme song for film and literature? I have now watched this ( ahem ) movie three times. On the third try I did not fall asleep half way through. While I am not a fan, not even an appreciator, I am happy to pose questions and discuss some of the subject matter of it. It definitely evokes many of the opinions and topics which we have touched upon so far. I am just not sure I agree with its stance.
First, does this movie suggest that it is impossible to write a true( I know this is a generalized word. I mean close) adaptation? Here he never gets around to it. This movie seems very far from its source. We only get glimpses of the literature as he reads it in the movie. All representation of the Orchid Thief story are extrapolation, morphed, hollywoodized, etc.
Second, does this movie suggest that film MUST resolve something deep or meaningful in order to be successful? I was not sold on the tongue in cheek resolutions presented at the end here. I feel I would have enjoyed something “disappointing” more. Was this disappointing in its sell out to the rules? I agree with another student who mentioned his distaste for this movies enjoyment with itself. The cleverness was too contrived.
Third, is the montage abused on purpose? This was working for me. The settling into real time at the end was what threw me out of the movie. It was almost where it gave up. When the montage ends, and the brothers join each other, and the story lines converge all of the ideals proposed at the beginning are shattered. We see characters in conflict, we see them “learn something,” and of course we see the fated deus ex machina all gathered in a final voice over.
Finally, and here I cut the film some slack, how significant is the Tilda Swinton character? She represents the industry. She is always eating (not sure if there is really a suggestive image here, but its funny), she is manipulative in her demeanor, and I feel possibly the catalyst for all of the bad decisions on the part of the artists. She informs Orleans the book will be optioned and coaxes Kauffman into the job, which he also needs, telling him he is brilliant. I do not have a problem blaming her and all she represents for all of the issues presented the screenwriter.
All sarcasm aside, I am looking forward to the discussion!!