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February 6, 2013 - Pam Rodgers
The majority of the movies I choose to watch are a bit predictable in nature. Romantic Comedies, actions films, movies based on books, etc. usually follow a general plot outline that have worked for many a movie.
Most recently, I watched “Expendables 2” on Blu Ray. It’s not hard to figure out what this particular movie will include. Loud explosions, gun battles and a lot of fight scenes. It’s definitely an action 101 type film.
It was a nice two-hour escape to see a high-adrenaline film that wasn’t hard to follow. Most of the Hollywood action stars you can think of are included in the film. If you don’t already know who’s in it, look up the cast list and you will see what I mean.
I loved that they worked in jokes about the big movie franchises that the actors have been in the past. Towards the end of the film, there was a particularly funny scene involving Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis that used “I’ll Be Back” from Terminator and “Yippee ki-yay” from the Die hard movies. It was hilarious.
But I digress.
Another movie I watched recently that was predictable in nature was “Trouble with the Curve.” It’s always nice to see a Clint Eastwood movie. Throw in Amy Adams and baseball and I’m sold. The movie tipped the “happy ending” pretty early but I didn’t care. It was still nice to watch it unfold.
My main point is that these predictable movies generally don’t have major surprises. And there is nothing wrong with that, in my opinion. I watch movies as an escape. A chance to live in a fantasy world where the things you expect to happen do. The “real world” doesn’t work like that so it’s nice to get the chance to see things work out in the film world.
Some “predictable” do surprise me sometimes. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” would be a good example. I never would have guessed Emma Stone’s character was ... well maybe I shouldn’t spoil that one for those who haven’t seen it.
I do try to be adventurous and watch movies that aren’t on the mainstream. But I usually end up not caring for them. I did watch the majority of a foreign film the other day. It was anything but predictable. I just turned on the TV and it happened to be on the Starz channel from the previous day. After a few minutes, I couldn't turn it off. I had to know what happened.
I can’t remember the name of it but I’m pretty sure it was in Italian. It was about two boys who were going blow up a car as a statement. But innocent people started to walk by and one boy tried to warn them and almost died. Therefore the other boy was going to kill himself because of guilt. But the father of the injured boy found him and talked him out of it. It wasn’t bad except reading the subtitles can get old pretty fast.
Whatever film I happen to watch, predictable movies are still my favorite. With so many other entertainment options out there, it’s nice to know exactly what I will be getting out of the movie I choose.