Truthful Tuesday 26th October

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The Question

Have you been to any movies that you absolutely expected to enjoy, but ended up hating? Or perhaps you went begrudgingly to a film with someone else and ended up enjoying it despite your expectations? Let us know about a time when a movie defied your expectations. What made it better or worse than expected?

Ah, I can think of several that I enjoyed but nobody else did and some that everyone I knew raved about and I thought were crap!!

Close Encounters of the  Third Kind (both versions)
Tommy
Saturday Night Fever
Nine and a Half Weeks
La La Land

Usually, extended editions add more to the story, or go back to the book (thinking Dances with Wolves, The Abyss and the Alien franchise which were all great IMO), but the Special Edition of Close Encounters cut almost half of the original footage out and added more on the alien contact. I was glad I saw the original first, as although I enjoyed the other, I didn’t think it was as good.

I saw Tommy with a boyfriend, and not being a fan of The Who wasn’t too keen on going.
However, I enjoyed it way more than my escort, and ended up buying the soundtrack!
Tina Turner was brilliant as The Acid Queen.

When I first married, my neighbour was mad about Saturday Night Fever, forever going on about how fantastic it was. I suppose having a husband who looked very much like John Travolta may have had something to do with it. However, I never saw it at the movies, but felt obliged to watch it when it was on TV.  What can I say? The music was terrific, but then I loved the Bee Gees and it was probably cut to ribbons, but the story? Pfft. Not my thing. The irony was that having not watched it herself for a few years, she tuned in and could not see what she had been in such awe about.

Ex partner wanted to watch Nine and a Half Weeks so I hired the video.
Hm. I could see why and despised the control Micky Rourke’s character had over Kim Basinger, and for that, the film came across very well.  Maybe Ex Partner was having similar thoughts but they soon went out of the window because I hate being fed or blindfolded.

I was invited to attend a showing of La La Land with MSM as she had some free tickets.
I’d heard so much about it and was really looking forward to it. When the initial set piece started, I was ready to walk out at such a naff cringeworthy introduction. The story did get better though, and I liked the ending, but Ginger and Fred they weren’t, nor Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly.

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7 Responses to Truthful Tuesday 26th October

  1. Carol anne says:

    can’t say I’ve seen any of those movies! 🙂 xoxo

  2. murisopsis says:

    Hehe! I never liked Travolta but have to admit that the Bee Gees were favorites! Saturday Night Fever was a thumbs down though all my friends were crazy about it. If I’d had my own ride I’d have left the theater. I went to see Jaws on a date – He screamed like a little girl and I laughed through most of it. Not the reaction that I thought I’d have since I don’t do scary movies… Same with the movie The Deep – when Jacqueline Bisset is attacked by the voodoo guy and chicken blood poured into her navel then “plunged” like a stopped toilet with a chicken foot, well it struck me as very funny. If that is the most horrific thing that happens then no worries!

    • We’ve seen Travolta in a couple of good movies, Swordfish, I am Wrath and From Paris with Love.
      He wasn’t bad in The Punisher either and got his comeuppance.

  3. I am a fan of John Travolta (or I WAS, until that horrible remake of Hairspray, plus talk about miscasting him lately. He’s no longer the hot heartthrob, but more a wrinkly these days). I never saw most of the movies you listed. I did see “Tommy” and agree with you that Tina Turner did a superb job, but I like the Who and enjoyed the whole thing, including the Pinball Wizard bit (I forget, did Elton John do that in the movie or ??) The others in your list (including Saturday Night Fever) I haven’t watched nor watched all the way through. Not my interest set. If you want something better that Travolta starred in, try the sequel (sort of) of Saturday Night Fever which was entitled “Staying Alive” (another Bee Gee smash hit song too). But I love movies with dancing in them. He also was great (IMHO) in Pulp Fiction, even though the rest of the cast was great too, adding up to a really good film.

    I hate it when they screw around with the originals of things and cut whole sections out without thought to what it does to the damned story. But nobody said film makers had common sense.
    Great list btw! Mickey Rourke looks hideous these days (plastic surgery faux pas apparently) and I never did care for him at all. He did the best job (outside of the Expendables movies he was in) in “Angel Heart” but if 9 1/2 weeks wasn’t your thing, you might not like it. I’d bet good money that the original with the blatant sexual scenes in it, is gone from view. Another blow from the Nanny Staters…

    • ha! So true!! I saw Staying Alive and Angel heart but can’t remember much about the latter to be honest. You’re right, though, he is past his best.
      Music with dancing in, give me Astaire and Rogers, but I did like Dirty Dancing on the first two outings of viewing. Now I cringe a little but Patrick Swayze was hot!!

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