Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cinema Sunday

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Aaron and I spent most of yesterday downtown watching the parade and celebrating with friends. I will post a few pictures and write more about that  tomorrow.

Okay, now on to this weeks movie review. On Friday evening Aaron and I decided to watch John Dies at the End. Listed as one of the must-see films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, John Dies at the End follows the story of two friends, Dave and John, who are less than ideal candidates to save Earth, but through a winding chain of events that they stumble into, saving Earth is ultimately what they must do.

The main character, Dave wants the world to know and understand his story. He contacts a reporter named Arnie (Paul Giamatti) and recounts his experience with a new hallucinogenic street drug. Their conversation sets off the nonlinear timeline of the movie. The drug, called Soy Sauce, has unique side effects that include communicating with the dead, seeing into other peoples dreams, and sending its user across time and through alternate dimensions. 

Dave and John, who spent the majority of their unemployed evenings facing off with the undead and demons, wind up with the drug in their systems and a detective on their trail. Eventually they use their undead slaying skills to battle a big, nasty evil from another world.

If you cannot handle movies that leave gaps in the story, then this one is not for you. The winding story has a disjointed timeline, but that does not stop it from drawing you in. Characters come and go and some of the questions are answered, but mostly as the viewer, you are just along for the ride. 

Even though there were some big plot holes, I have a feeling that they were meant to be there. It is definitely a movie that inspires conversations. Each viewer can see parts of the story in a different way. We always appreciate movies that can do that. We both really enjoyed John Dies at the End and would be interested in seeing a sequel done right.

Have you seen and movies this week?


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