Originally Posted by daryl zero
Just saw this thread and I'm pretty surprised. I have been a Spielberg critic for a long time for the exact reason set forth in this thread, sentimentality. I also hate the "logic be damned" crowd pleasing portions of his movies (see T-Rex showing up stealthily in JP to save the day after shaking the earth previously).
I tend to think of JP1 as a big popcorn SFX Monster Movie, and it works on that level for me.
I find it ironic that Scott declares, in the Argo thread, that that movie deserved the best picture award when it was all about creating false impressions and phony drama.
Its "phony drama" didn't bother me at all....it's an honest
Argo doesn't go for the cheap audience-manipulating emotions (unlike Lincoln) and, if nothing else, I appreciate it for that.
I thought the movie was brave in that it showed the House of Representatives for what it was (and still is?), a bunch of amateur politicians who could be easily bought, duped, or swayed.
Some things have remained consistent in American history...
there are a lot of posters (the OP especially) who seem to give careful consideration to all aspects of movies. So color me surprised.
I don't mind sentimentality in my movies....far from it.
Some of my favs are very sentimental.
But it has to work
within the drama on-screen....it has to have integrity and not play to the LCD.
Sadly, SS can hardly bring himself to make a non-schmaltzy film anymore.