Feb. 12th, 2007

jasmineskie: (Writer working by Loyaldreamer)
Hubby was out of town on Sunday, so I met up with [livejournal.com profile] loyaldreamer after she got off work and we went to see Catch and Release.

It's a good movie. Not great, but a good story about finding out more about a loved one after they die than you knew before and then coming to terms with not only the loss, but the realization that your loved one had a whole secret life you knew nothing about. Not in any sinister way, far from it. I'm not going to go into spoiler territory here so I won't get specific about the big secret, although I think the trailer kinda gives it away (if I remember right).

Every now and then I run across a story -- either a movie or a book or a short story -- that becomes so real to me while I'm immersed in the story that it's almost a physical shock to walk out of the movie/put the book down and resume my real life. Maybe it's part of being a writer, or maybe it's just part of the territory of having a vivid imagination. Whatever the reason, that was the reaction I had to Catch and Release. The characters were so real to me, they could have been my neighbors. People I know. People I'd like to know. They weren't perfect; the situations they found themselves in weren't played up to near-unreality for either laughs or tears. It felt real, which is about the best compliment I can give.

Catch and Release won't ever be a blockbuster. It doesn't have the elements of a blockbuster, or at least what's come to be a blockbuster in modern Hollywood. I'm glad the people involved didn't try to make it into something it wasn't because I think that would have spoiled the story the movie wanted to tell. I crossed the line into the world of the story, and even a day later, I'm still expecting to see Kevin Smith wandering around the living room in that beach-towel bathrobe reciting quotes from Celestial Seasonings tea boxes. ;)

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