It was a weekend of random happenings in Harper’s Valley. (And didn’t that read just a little too ‘Garrison Keillor’ for my tastes?!) Nothing earth-shattering happened. Still, a quick look into the rear-view mirror conjures a few unrelated images. The next few posts offer the highlights.
Eschewing our usual Friday-evening custom of seeking out Happy Hour refreshments at one of the Valley establishments catering to ‘Nature’s Bachelors’, we chose to see a movie; Elysium.
There is much to suggest I might like this movie. I like Matt Damon. He is a fine actor and has never looked more grungy-buff than he does here. I’m a huge fan of Jodie Foster and she gives a wonderful performance as the villain who gives a human face to the system of oppression that our world has become in the years leading up to the time of this story. The film is visually impressive and there is no lack of futuristic CGI.
I even like the film’s political subtext depicting the evil of anti-immigrant xenophobia. The message is presented with, perhaps, too heavy a hand; the official language appears to be English, at home, in her enclave of privilege, Foster speaks French, while all those struggling in the squalor below seem to be Spanish speakers. Besides, anyone who has ever committed the crime of ‘driving-while-brown’ in Maricopa County Arizona knows that anti-immigrant xenophobia is a problem one need not wait until 2154 to experience.
Yet, with all this going for it, there was little, aside from Foster, in the movie that I liked. In his blog, Raybeard writes a good review of this movie. It is good in that it is, as always, insightful and well-written but it is also “good” in that he rather liked the film. I did not.
My momma always said; “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. With that in mind……