April 5th, 2004

movies

Lost In Translation

Shannon and I watched Lost In Translation last night on DVD, and I loved it loved it LOVED it. Shannon, however, was underwhelmed. He found the plot to be overly subtle. Hmm. I think the subtlety was a big part of what I loved about it. As I mentioned to him afterward, I felt like plot wasn't really the point. Personally, I never drummed my fingers and thought, "So when is something going to happen?" ... which I often do during other movies. This one just had me on the hook from the very beginning. And I loved the dry sense of humor throughout. Cracked me up repeatedly.

Shannon and I usually agree on movies, or at least our opinions don't differ widely. I might think a film is great while he thinks it's only good, or I might hate a film that he thinks is mediocre ... but it's unusual for me to actively love a movie that he thinks is a stinker. Interesting.

In many ways, it reflects how our writing differs, too. When it comes to writing fiction, Shannon is a big PLOT guy. Lotsa things going on, everything very focused on events, etc. I, on the other hand, tend to be a CHARACTER gal. I get lost in exploring characters' thoughts, feelings, memories, self-justifications, etc.

Lost In Translation is almost entirely character and setting, with very little in the way of traditional plot. I guess that's why I loved it and Shannon didn't. Hmm.
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