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I am less sick, THANK THE HEAVENS. Thank you to all who suggested ways of handling medicines and dealing with doctors; it's all been very useful. I am still moderately sick, and the medicine has made me veeeeeeery sleeeeeepy, so I am updating this in a snoozy way from bed while intermittently sleeping, but - it's no longer at lie-upon-the-grass-and-pray-quietly-for-death levels and I am so glad.

Film I have seen recently, with (minorly spoilery) thoughts:

I saw The World's End with some friends last night. It's... okay? I mean, I enjoyed it and don't regret the time spent watching it, but I didn't come out of the cinema fizzing with joy or anything. On the other hand I was also kind of lukewarm about Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so maybe this one works better if you loved the previous two.

The good is very good; chain gastropubs as 'Starbuckification' as Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, yes indeed. And Simon Pegg's character, clinging to the dream of his teenage glory days down an ageing spiral of drink and drugs, was spot on; I'm friends with about twelve of him on Facebook. Pretty flashy budget- and actor-wise, too (God only knows how much Martin Freeman costs these days), and really very funny in a lot of places. Also, it has the kind of ending that's very clearly the result of someone shouting wild-eyed "Yeah! Let's just do it!" over an unfinished script at three in the morning, and you have to admire that.

But. Compared to Spaced, which is the pinnacle of the Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost combo, it's lacking something. Like women, for one thing. The World's End does not pass the Bechdel test (unless I blinked and missed it, which is hardly much better); there is precisely one named female character with more than a couple of lines, and she's a) not in it for most of the film and b) mostly there as a nostalgic love interest and a foil for the male characters, the mature grown-up one who isn't interested in any of her old school crushes.

Yeah, I suppose it's a film about male friendship. But male friendship is hardly an endangered species in film themes, let alone so fragile it needs to be in no-girls-allowed territory to flourish. Spaced was also abut the friendship between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's characters, but it was about other friendships as well, and it had female characters who were actually characters, and it was funnier and better for it. (And Spaced also had Jessica Stevenson as a writer, unlike the films.) Okay, Spaced was a TV series and they can go in directions big-budget films can't, and there are different kinds of constraints, and so on and so on... still, I found Spaced more original and all-around funnier than any of the films since, and that seems like an odd direction to be going in. Especially when the bar starts as low as the Bechdel test, ffs.

2013-07-25 10:28 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] sam-t.livejournal.com
Agreed on all points. It was very much a film about male friendship and different models of Being A Man/Adolescent Male, and I enjoyed it more than other films on the same subject, and I felt it rose a few points for being deliberately focussed narrowly about a specific sort of friendship rather than just defaulting to male-schoolfriends-are-what-real-friendships-looks-like - although maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. Basically, I enjoyed it but I'd have enjoyed it a lot more in a universe where there were more films about, say, heterosocial friendships and female roles.

2013-07-25 16:43 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] vettecat.livejournal.com
SO glad that you're feeling a little better!

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