Laura and I have been, over the years, reading detective novel series at about the same time — we’re not reading the same book at the same time, we pass them on to each other, but we’re reading in the same series. We went through all of Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series, and we went through ALL of Elizabeth George’s Inspector Linley series (now, that was a serious time commitment), and now we’re going through Anne Perry’s Inspector Monk series.
And we were talking about how much we are enjoying them, and I said, you know, she actually murdered somebody, back when she was a teenager. And Laura said, no, she’d never heard of that. And I said, yeah, I think it was the parent of a friend. And there’s some movie.
Well, we should watch that, we thought.
So we did — Heavenly Creatures came in on the Netflix queue, and we watched it.
And here is what we thought:
What. The. Hell.
About 30 minutes in, we discussed whether or not we wanted to take out the DVD and watch our Buffy collection instead. We stuck with it, and I suppose we’re not sorry, but I don’t think we are recommending it.
I mean, we understand that the girls had had difficult childhoods and were all alienated and stuff, and I TOTALLY get living in a fantasy world (there are strong reasons I’m so deeply committed to Sanity and Living in Reality), and we also understand the strong influence that movies and books had on them. We get all that.
But the filming of the girl’s fantasy life was highly — not disconcerting, no, that would be interesting — annoying. Also. The soundtrack, which was all about 50’s romantic movies, yes, I see what you were trying to do, but don’t. Just don’t.
So what we do not understand is why that film got such good reviews.
On the other hand, it was lovely seeing Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynksey make their debuts — you can see, in both cases, the actresses they will become. Good, very good work.
That was it. It shouldn’t be such a relief when unsuspecting persons get hit on the head with bricks. Finally! we were thinking. Thank God!
Not good at all.