October 7th, 2005

breaking bad

The intransative verb 'to rock'

Serenity. Wow. This film was what I had hoped it would be. executrix used to have an icon of Zoe praying, with the words '... and make the BDM not suck'. It seems not that long ago, in the spring I suppose, before the previews, that this was the extent of one's hope. I thought the Firefly film might be small, parochial, undervalued. I thought I would feel loyalty and affection for it, but I was concerned it wouldn't mainstream. Then as fans reported back from the previews one's hope increased. I began to think it might be a romp, which might pick up some of the cult SF audience.

In the last couple of weeks I have been getting more excited. This is going to be something else.

So last night I went to see it. It's a blast! Today in the Guardian ultra-crotchety film critic Peter Bradshaw, hater of genre films (He gave Fellowship of the Ring 2/5) said of the first half hour 'it is an error of taste for someone over 18 to use the intransitive verb "to rock" as a term of approbation, but this really is great.' and that the film has 'more energy in its little finger than Revenge of the Sith had in its whole, bloated body'.

In a way it's hard for me to judge, because this is like my team getting into the semi-finals of the FA cup. You are prepared to overlook the quality of the play, so keen are you for a win, and so much do you love the team. So you hardly trust your judgement when you realise 'My god, they are playing a blinder'.

I found it intensely enjoyable. There are some issues, and these may loom large to some folk, but while noticing them I wasn't put off at all.
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