So since I’m cooped up inside the house again because of snow, I figured I would write a blog about a movie suggestion.
If you want to see the ultimate revenge flick – Oldboy, directed by Chan-wook Park, is the one to see.
It’s a Korean foreign film which requires the reading of English subtitles. If you’re not a fan of foreign films or subtitles, I urge you to make an exception for this one. It’ll get you. But just to be on the safe side, I’ll give my overall taste in movies as a guide for you to gauge whether or not it’s right for you.
I can’t give you just one favorite movie, simply because I don’t believe there could ever be ONE movie that trumps all. Sure, there are some that I have a special place for and have no problem watching over and over and over again. But I can’t choose one.
Here’s just a snippet of my favorite films. I put them in chronological order, since I obviously can’t just choose one. I can’t even imagine putting in the brain power to weigh how much I like one more than the other. I’d be sitting here for days. There’s such a wide range! Anywho, I digress…
(1965) The Great Race
(1957) Twelve Angry Men
(1961) West Side Story
(1992) Resevoir Dogs
(1993) Robin Hood: Men In Tights
(1994) Forrest Gump
(1997) Jackie Brown
(1999) The Mummy
(2004) Mean Girls
(2006) The Prestige
(2006) Inside Man
(2006) The Departed
(2008) The Dark Knight
(2009) Inglorious Bastards
I mean the list goes on and on….
Again that’s only a snippet. Off the top of my head. As I’m looking at it now, I’m fighting myself from adding more in fear of other bloggers being all “YOU LIKE ____ BUT YOU DON’T LIKE ____?!?” or “YOU FORGOT _____!!!” Ahh I know. But it was just to give you a little background as to what I like. I don’t know if you can tell, but from that list – I tend to favor certain directors (i.e. Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan). I love story telling and I love characters. What I don’t like is heavy reliance on special effects and awful pretty-faced actors.
Now to get to the initial reason for this post, back to Oldboy. After viewing it, it kind of left me with the same feeling I had after watching Vertigo. You thought you knew what was coming and in the end, you had no idea!
It doesn’t just fool you once it fools you multiple times. See that’s what I love about movies. I’ve seen so many, these days I already know what’s going to happen before it happens because they seem to go by the same formula. But I like stories that grip me, that make me guess and make me forget what the normal routine of movie storylines and surprise me by the end.
I’m telling you Oldboy will do that. It’s revenge. The coldest dish I have ever seen served in a movie.
Warning: The movie is not for the faint of heart. There’s a fair share of disgusting violence. Scenes I wish they did not put in because of its blood, carnage, and well something else but I can’t tell you without you watching it on your own. Brace yourself. You might feel a little queasy at the end. And you probably should. With that being said, I cannot deny the story and I cannot deny the characters. It’s just that good. Don’t believe me? Check out the rottentomatoes review! http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oldboy/
So go see it! If you can.
I don’t know if they have it on http://vodly.to
But if you can, today would be an awesome day. Especially for my fellow New Englanders.
And after you do – tell me what you think! 🙂 Also, I’d advise that you watch something light and funny after. You’ll see what I mean. LOL