Saturday, April 23, 2011

THE PERFECT STORM (2000)

A group of fishermen (each with a heart of gold so pure that the mere sweat off their manly brows could cure a blind, one-armed orphan with terminal butt cancer) go fishing out in the ocean. They catch some fish and when they turn around to go back there's the biggest hurricane in the history of the universe between them and the mainland. They're warned multiple times that this storm is fucking huge, but goddamn it the ice machine has conked out and they gotta get this fish to market! Fifty foot waves be damned!!! You can probably guess what happens next...that's right Marky Mark uses the Shining to communicate to his wife onshore. Say what?!!! o_O

When it comes to pure Hollywoodized excessively sentimental unicornshit, it doesn't get much sappier than THE PERFECT STORM. From the very beginning of the movie the musical score was swelling and each character introduced was even more faultless and contrived than the last one. By the 15 minute mark I actually started profusely lactating what appeared (and tasted) to be strawberry milk! True story. Speaking of true stories this movie was based on a true story. I've done zero minutes of research, but I'm pretty goddamn sure that most of the bullshit in this movie was bullshit. Like the part were the boat was damn near vertical and George Clooney was still standing. I doubt that happened in real life.

That said, this movie was a lot of fun to laugh at. Everybody had horrible New England accents, Marky Mark and George Clooney had dueling whiskers, people risked their lives left and right to save others, nonstop swelling music, tons of crying, cliches on top of cliches and the best part? The failed attempt to make the audience give a fuck about the crew of the boat. Not only was each one portrayed as to be so pure of heart that they made Norman Borlaug look like fucking Hitler, but they were warned repeatedly not to go and they went anyway. That right there removes any emotional connection that I might have actually had to the characters no matter how immaculate they each were...I guess God just wanted his angels back in Heaven.

Check it out with some friends and laugh.
I'm I the only one that thought they were about to kiss right here?

If Jesus had been on the Titanic it would have looked like this.