April 26th, 2008

I went to see "Deception."

I went to see the Hugh Jackman, Ewan MacGregor film "Deception" today. It's about a mild mannered accountant (MacGregor) who is befriended by the suave Jackman, and then blackmailed into hiding some money for him.

It's a bad film. Trust me on this. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. I can't take Jackman seriously as the debonair baddie. I always half think of him as Wolverine from the X-men movies and the rest of me thinks of him as a song-and-dance man (he's known as a musical actor in England), so seeing him play a "cunning bad man," felt really strange and undermined the movie I think.

In addition, we have to have seen this film 100 times before and I don't think that Jackman or MacGregor are good enough actors to make you forget you've seen it before.

I finished "A Simple Plan" by Scott Smith today.

I finished "A Simple Plan" by Scott Smith today. It's about three friends (two rednecks and one who's slightly better educated) who accidentally came across $4.2 million and decide to split it if no one goes looking for it. We then spend the rest of the book watching the friendships disintegrate. They made a film of the book a few years back, with Billy Bob Thornton winning an Oscar as one of the friends at the core of the story.

It's a depressing book that I didn't particularly like. I don't like overly positive books or stories that have overly pat endings, and this book is pat, only in a negative direction. No one wins, and that depressed the hell out of me because I want people to make progress and no one (I repeat NO ONE) was better off by the end of this book.