CATEGORIES CinematicalThe website Anomalous Material poses an interesting question, "What movies did you fall out of love with?" Just think about it; how often do you flip through the string of premium movie channels and opt to skip over a title you once would have had to watch all the way through? Just today I took a pass on '(500) Days of Summer,' 'Spider-Man' and 'The Birds.' However, in the case of these three films, it's not really about falling out of love with them per se, just not being in the mood for them or, in term of '(500) Days of Summer' specifically, just having seen it about 500 times already. Falling out of love with a film constitutes something wholly different: when a movie that once had a profound effect on you just doesn't cut it anymore.
The author of the Anomalous Material article pinpointed 'Fight Club' as a film that lost his love and while he provides a totally sound argument for the deflation of their relationship, that's one film that still gets me every time. The one that lost its luster for me is a childhood favorite, or more like an obsession, 'Charlie's Angels.'
I was 14 years old when that one hit the big screen and I ate up every second of it. Forget the fact that the film was based on an iconic TV show; to me it was all about Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu; they were the most kick-ass actresses out there. Not only did I watch the movie over and over, but I owned the soundtrack and that super cool Nokia cell phone they oh-so-subtly highlighted throughout the film. I was hooked.
But of course there came a point when I watched the film that first put McG in the spotlight one too many times and everything started to seem, well, ridiculous. I grew increasingly frustrated with the fact that not one stunt in the film had a hint of realism, and weary of the nonsensical plot and silly dialogue. At this point, the only excuse I can come up with was that I fell for this one for the sheer entertainment value. There's no denying it was fun at the time, but the time has passed and the effect has certainly warn off.
I told you mine, now you tell me yours. What movie did you fall out of love with?