Michael Thu May 9 15:31:43 2002|
Se7en - 9.0
Somehow managed to miss this one in 1995. So we rented it; since becoming aware of Brad Pitt we've realized we kinda like him, so we're going back and seeing some of his movies we've missed. Which weirdly turns out to be basically all of them.
Anyway, this was a challenging storyline; I wasn't able to predict some of it. I was pleasantly surprised to realize the bad guy was Kevin Spacey. And Morgan Freeman did some of the best dang acting I've ever seen him do -- and as I think Morgan Freeman is one of the best actors alive today, that's saying a lot. He tends to be typecast into the wise avuncular role, and this was no different, but this film gave him more to work with, more to express, than most I've seen him in. And he did it really well. I was quite impressed.
I enjoyed the seven-deadly-sins classical angle, although they could have done better with it.
Eh. Really good movie, but still left me thinking it could have been better. I hate that. When I was in high school, I did a poetry report. It was probably the best report in the class (rural high school, poetry, *you* do the math) but the teacher gave me a B. It was the first B he'd ever given me. I was shocked -- but he said, "Michael, I know you could have done better than that." Which was untrue. I thought it was pretty good for some schmuck at the poetic level of "Roses are red, violets are blue," but I guess he felt the need to do some pedagogy or something.
Now where was I going with this?
Oh, yeah. This movie gets a B because they could have done better.