Sunday, September 30, 2012

Being There

Saw "Looper" the other night with Bruce Willis and that Levitt kid. No, not John Levitt - the other guy. Long haired kid from the old TV Show, Third Rock from the Sun. Gordon, I think it is.


Pretty good flick. Gordon's a tad bit full of himself - at least in the interview I saw with him - has a verbal swagger that makes you want to snatch the cheese right out of his mouth* but then again he's supposed to be a young Bruce Willis so there you go.

With eyes made up to look like Bruce's, he does a passable squint/furrowed brow/raised eyebrow thing, plus this bit with his upper lip that's vaguely simian but also vintage Willis, and along with a verbal tick or two, it all works.

Writing wasn't bad written either. Good ending, though I won't spoil it by saying more than I didn't see it coming. Not a shocker, exactly, but unexpected.

Oh, and Bruce is pretty much Bruce, in case you were wondering, though somewhat cast against type.


About 5 minutes into the movie this guy comes into the theater, maybe had a couple pops if you know what I mean, and he starts commenting on the movie here and there, half under his breath but then again half not.

He's one row up and three seats over so I can't help but hear every single word he's saying. After one or two comments I'm ready to slide over and give my, "look man I paid to lose myself in the illusion of the movie** not your commentary" spiel, but for some reason I don't.***

Part of it was the voice - gravelly, deep and resonant - with a lyrical quality that hinted at something more... like an old blues man or pulpit preacher ready to hold forth.

And he didn't say all that many actual words, just chimed in here and there with an mm-hmm or the like - not trying to wax clever so much as just responding in earnest. It was alcohol infused to be certain, but not without sincerity.

"You don't shoot no kids," was the last thing I heard him say, before he drifted off, evidenced by a soft, intermittent snoring.

And why wasn't I more annoyed? Well...

We've all been there I guess. Not exactly, but close enough.

And really, he was just part of the whole experience. Not a bad one at that.

(notes to follow)

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