Jan. 27, 2002
"In the Bedroom"
That anyone is taking In
the Bedroom seriously on any level is ridiculous. It's a half-assed,
second-rate TV movie at best. At worst, it's just plain old crap.
That several different groups have nominated it for "Best Picture"
is a very clear indication of just how bad recent movies really are.
At least B movies like Vigilante or Thou Shalt Not Kill . . . Except know that they're revenge films from the outset and remain true to themselves. In the Bedroom is pretending to be a serious adult drama for two acts, then arbitrarily becomes a B revenge movie in act three, which I think is unacceptable storytelling technique -- you absolutely cannot change genres two acts into the story.
If I'm honestly supposed to believe this is a real, average, middle-class American couple, then in 99.9% of the cases they would not revert to getting a gun and killing the murderer. If you're going to legitimately tell me the .01% story of the average guy, and in this case a doctor, that actually does get a gun and kills the murderer, there must be some indication of this in acts one and two. To pull it out of thin air ninety minutes into the film is just plain old terrible storytelling.
That Sissy Spacek keeps winning awards for this film is also ridiculous since her part is so woefully underwritten that even though she is a top-notch actor, she has damn near nothing to do.
BECKERFILMS SITE MENU
[ Main ] [ Film & TV Work ] [ Screenplays ] [ Old Stuff ]
[ Reviews ] [ Articles, Essays & Stories ] [ Ask the Director ]
[ Favorite Films ] [ Scrapbook ] [ Links (& Afterword) ] [ Web Team ]
site is the property of Josh Becker
Copyright © 2003 Panoramic Pictures, All Rights Reserved.