||12-01-2011 07:49 PM
Originally Posted by dag
[Show spoiler]I just finished watching White Material, and I must say I was terribly disappointed. The protagonist appears to be
[Show spoiler]the stupidest white woman in the entire continent of Africa ; her son is, frankly,
[Show spoiler]incomprehensible ; and Christopher Lambert (looking
[Show spoiler]extremely worse for wear from his glory days as The Highlander ) doesn't
[Show spoiler]really do a whole heck of a lot .
I don't mean to trample a film that any posters here enjoy, but I found the characters' behaviour to be inexplicable, and I was entirely unsympathetic to anything that was appearing on screen. Frankly, I found the script very shallow, and the production very poor. Alas, I was really expecting much more.
I thought the production was very good, actually. Visually it had a hot, gritty, claustrophic feel that was pretty effective. Some of the flashing back and forth through time was a little
hard to follow at first but other than that I thought it was very well made overall.
As for the inexplicable behavior, the fact that she was so willfully oblivious was kind of the whole point. How many times have you picked up a newspaper (or a history book) and thought (of an individual or a nation) 'wtf were you thinking? How did you not see this coming???'
This film doesn't really answer those kind of questions but it does depict them in a viscerally effective way. In fact, there was almost a (very) slow-burn Hitchcockian 'suspense is when the audience knows there's a bomb on a bus' feel to it at times.
I completely agree about the son character though. I have absolutely no idea what was going on there.