I have been known to be head strong regarding particular movies. As a child, I hated “Dumbo” and refused to watch it. Later in life, I attribute this to my obesity which made me look oddly similar to Manny on “Modern Family.” There are a few movies I vowed to never see and, head strong as I am, I have made it until now. Which one should I give a chance?
(1) STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH
Upon walking out of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Horrible Romance in a Field Scene, I vowed to never watch the sixth(third?) installment. Never a big “Star Wars” fan outside of “The Empire Strikes Back”, I was talked into seeing Episode 1 and Episode 2 in college and sorely disappointed by pathetic dialogue and character development than makes a “Robot Chicken” sketch seem deeply profound. I then vowed in a spit promise, meaning my friend Andrew and I spit into our hands and then shook on it, that we would never see Episode 3. Six years later, Andrew admits he watched in on television but I have never seen it. Sadly, I hear it’s the best of the three new Episodes.
(2) INDIANA JONES 4 KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
While not a big “Star Wars” fan (see above), Harrison Ford to me was the epitome of awesomeness as Indiana Jones, a person who made me think being a college professor would be a lot of fun! (Note: I have still not recovered from those high expectations). I was intrigued by the fourth film. Bringing Harrison Ford back? Ok, I’ll give it a chance. Adding Cate Blanchett, one of my favorite actresses, in a caricatured role? Sure, if she can play Bob Dylan brilliantly, why not an Indiana Jones villian? But then there was Shia LeBouf. I missed Shia’s Disney years, and am okay with “Disturbia”, but I just can’t get aboard the Shia train (though it is probably a pretty exciting, booze-filled ride given his intoxication arrests in Chicago). As opposed to Star Wars Episode 3, I have not been told by a single person that this film is worth seeing.
How am I like the indigenous tribes of Subsaharan Africa? Combined, we are the only people who haven’t seen “Avatar.” At the 2010 Oscars, I was rooting for “The Hurt Locker” but I couldn’t root against “Avatar” because I hadn’t seen it. A big-budget, holiday release which picked up a slew of awards … why haven’t I seen it? The answer is in one word: Timing. My friends in Nebraska went to see it when I was out of town; I haven’t really seen a movie with my Chicago friends in the last ten years; my family saw it before I came home. Then, when it came out on DVD, I thought: it’s really not going to be the same without the 3-D. It even made my Netflix queue a few times, only to be yanked off by heartwarming family dramas like “Dogtooth” and “World’s Greatest Dad.” (more on those in another post).
So, which should I suck it up and see?