Monday, July 26, 2010

Lost, "Salt" and the movies


It's not about the movies. It's about you.

Whether you like a movie or not, it is not about the movie - it's about you. It is about how much you have conditioned yourself to let go for a couple of hours, without asking any smartass questions, without looking too closely. Someone recently taught me how to use "optimal ignorance" to gain best results. That is what is required to enjoy this movie. Optimal ignorance.

"Salt" is not just salt. "Salt" is popcorn. With butter. Seasoned with those delicious but definitely-not-good-for-your-health chemicals. You put it in your mouth, it bypasses your commonsense. All you taste is the super-delicious popcorn. It has no fiber in it. So what. It has flavor.

I like losing myself at the movies. That is why it is called the movies.

I like it when a team of 240,000 or so people work together to create a single product and the product works. Not only works, but kicks ass.

Angelina Jolie walking in super slow mo, dressed in a black overcoat, with live grenades hidden in her hand…and distributing destruction all around her…now, that is a sight worth the discomfort of a early Sunday show in one of the most stupidest mall theaters in Pune.

If a kid sees a unmanned kucchi-ice (Popsicle for the uninitiated) at a reachable distance, what will it feel. How will it act. Salt appeals to that instinct in all of us. Fun is worth being stupid in front of a screen for 2 hours. Because, movies can do that to you. And once in a while, you should let it.

3 comments:

GB said...

Basically, jollu. :P What does the falooda represent though?

nmagesh said...

For the record, I am not a great fan of Jolie. Just when action (for that matter any genre) is done right, it pulls you in and makes you say things like this.

It is not falooda - it is salt. Of various colors, arranged tastefully. See even salt looks good, when done well. The defense rests.

Uncle Srini said...

"That is what is required to enjoy this movie. Optimal ignorance." - you said it, period. :D Not a great fan AJ fan here either!