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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Report Card---Silence"

"Silence" is a two hour, and forty five minute snooze-fest.
I watched it last night, and fell asleep at the thirty minute mark.
I woke up, and it was over.
I went back, and after my long nap, I tried it again.
And I watched the whole thing.
It was Martin Scorsese, so based on past history, I felt I owed him the courtesy.
I mean, he directed "Raging Bull" and "Hugo", two of my favorite movies.
So I plodded ahead.
"Silence" is about religious suppression in Japan in the 1600s.
Two hours and forty five minutes.
This time I forced myself to stay awake.
There was a lot of gore, a lot of torture, no interest, no humor.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Every now and then.  That's not enough.

Compelling even?

Not to me.

Is it controversial?

If you care about such things, I suppose.

Is it a story worth telling?

Marty thought so.

Is it good storytelling?

You could cut out a good hour, and it would only be improved.

Is it well written?

Not as far as I can tell.

Is it well cast? Well played?

The lead actors seemed too young, or were Japanese.
I guess you had to have the Japanese actors.
I wasn't impressed.

Well shot?

Exquisitely shot gory images.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

His fingerprints were all over it.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

Asked and answered.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and sometimes.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Not particularly, But I'd completely lost interest.  I staggered over the finish line.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I know what to do if I'm experiencing insomnia.

Is it funny?

Not ever.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not my dough.

Is it impressive?

I could see that others might think so.

Overall grade: C.

Not my cup of saki.

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  1. my impressions of the trailer & any PR i've read leads me to think you are spot on. tis unfortunate though.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."