Monday, June 4, 2012
I Second That Emotion
I'll say right off the bat, I was mildly disappointed in The Avengers. *runs and hides*
But hear me out. Awesome special effects, sure. Eye candy? A thousand times, yes. But where was the story?! Where were the emotional connections to the characters? The movie did not pull me in and tug at my heartstrings like Captain America did, so I left the theatre feeling a little cheated. And tired. Full disclosure: we went to a 9 pm showing.
Contrast that to the Hatfield and McCoys, the mini-series with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton on the History Channel. Oh. My. Gawd. Awe. Some! It was dark. It was gritty. Historical. It was loaded with character development and emotion, not to mention lots of action. The music was hauntingly beautiful. Cute guys, especially the Owen Wilson look-a-like who played Johnse Hatfied. Some romance. *Sigh* Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. Side note: Tom Berenger, whom I barely recognized, was also in the series. He was incredibly colorful and wicked and, in my humble opinion, stole the show.
A movie or a book with just action (or narrative) and no emotional connections never does it for me. Balancing the right amount of character development/dialogue/plot is an art but when it's done right and achieves those emotional connections you know it. You feel it. It's a beautiful thing.