Monday, February 23, 2009
After all the discussions about Blue Velvet, I still don't like it. And I don't really agree with what Schickel has to say about it. He seems to be saying that Blue Velvet is a commentary on reality, and a way to oppose the majority of falsely idealistic 50s-style movies. He says that Blue Velvet shows us that life isn't just convertibles and soda shops, that there is more going on. I agree with this as I think anyone would. But this movie goes so far beyond 'realism'. Personally I don't think any of the characters are believable or realistic, and though I found the movie disturbing, it's not something that is going to make me question society in any way. I'm pretty sure everyone knows that movies are just movies; they aren't 'real'. So so what if some movies are the generic "fifties teen romance"? I understand that there is a real world outside of movies, I don't need an overly dramatic, overly hyped up, 'daring' movie to make me realize this. If I had to choose a 50s era movie to watch, I'd sing along with Grease instead of Blue Velvet.