Friday, November 6, 2009

"Just tell me I'll live forever... then I'll be happy": Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes is such a weird, disappointing movie. It's beautifully shot (imagine Michele Soavi or Mario Bava making a Disney film, with that same sense of the surreal), has a couple of great performances by Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce, and it has such a specific and terrifying vision of small-town life, adult desires and childhood.

But most of the other actors are either wasted (poor Royal Dano and Pam Grier) or just wooden.

Maybe more later. But seriously, what works in it works sooo well (especially the scene in the library and the parade/manhunt) that anything less than great is a disappointment. And as the movie shows, disappointment breeds evil.


Eve said...

Agreed.... Have you read the book? It's really beautiful and frightening.

Mr. K said...

I read it a long time ago, when I was still in middle school and remember very little. I doubt I understood half of it, though. Part of what makes the film so scary is the way that the kids don't understand what's going on inside the adults.

I definitely want to give it a reread though. I think I've been a little wary of re-reading Bradbury until recently. So many of my favorite childhood sf authors (Asimov, Heinlein) feel threadbare and sophomoric now. I would hate to feel that way about Bradbury.

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