Today’s post has very little to do with crafting of any type. But then I warned you this could happen.
Let’s talk movies.
I’m starting to think that any long lived actor has to have that “whaaaaat?” movie in his repertoire (and by his I mean his and her, really let’s move beyond this PC business. Actor is a male word, therefore I shall use a male pronoun. Simplicity of language and all that). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me just say, Snakes on a Plane. See? The movie just has you saying “Whaaaaat?”. Even more so, a well known and very good actor stars in it. Samuel Jackson has gone on record saying that he chose this role just because of the title.
Now admittedly I have not seen the movie. Nor will I likely see the movie, for several reasons. First, it’s about snakes. On a plane. If I watched the movie every time I fell asleep on the plane I would dream of snakes. Guaranteed. I still dream of velociraptors. (They can open doors, man!) Second, I really have no interest in seeing two hours of snakes on a plane. Let’s see if we can figure out the plot without seeing the movie: there are snakes, on a plane. They escape. People panic. Hero captures obviously super smart snakes in a grand final move and voila, credits.
I’m sure not every actor wants to star in some super dramatic role all the time. Perhaps at times they would like to do something fun and different. I get that. But I have to question when high caliber actors choose roles that are … less than high caliber.
The movie I’m talking about is Cowboys and Aliens.
Would you not think this was some sort of B-grade (or even D-grade) idea that you expect your weird old unwashed neighbour to have on his shelf? Something with horrible special effects, a very weak story line? Not something with Daniel Craig. And certainly not with Harrison Ford.
This has got to be their Whhaaaaatttt? movie. And I probably will still watch it.