Got thinking about how expectations can affect someone’s impression…
I was talking to some writer friends yesterday about how sometimes a book getting tons of “buzz” can generate a lot of negative backlash out there in blogland and on Amazon. “I heard this book was supposed to be really great. It wasn’t that great.”
And last night, holed up with a cold in a hotel room in Boston, I watched a couple of movies and had the same thoughts. The two movies were Because I Said So and Catch and Release.
I may be wrong here… but it seems to me that “Because” got more publicity/buzz than “Catch”. I do remember seeing maybe one ad on TV for “Catch”, but I don’t think it got nearly as much hype or as many trailer spots in theatres.
Which did I like? Catch and Release. Don’t know how much my super low expectations afftected me (or my strange infatuation with Timothy Olyphant) but I thought it was a really good film. Might be another example of those movies where they try to make it look like a comedy in the trailers/ads (focussing on Kevin Smith being a goof) when really it’s very sad (but with a happy ending) movie about grief. And not just her grief. The men, too. Even Kevin Smith has a pretty dramatic and sad story line.
Very nice little movie. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. (Whereas “Because” was just silly. It tried way too hard to be funny and just came off dumb to me and, well, desperate.)