And might I add, this was BEFORE all that other unpleasant business. You know, when we only suspected - based totally on, well, how he looked and acted, that he was headed for having his life summarized on a misdemeanor rap sheet.
But anyway, my dad and I were talking to my cousin, who had recently seen the Big Adventure, and who could NOT say enough about how funny the movie was. Really completely hilarious! Apparently my (deranged) cousin started laughing at the beginning of the movie, and did not stop until well after the credits had gone to bed for the night.
And somehow, he convinced us to go pay REAL MONEY to see that movie. In the theaters. Not even at the matinée price. And so our whole family sat there in the darkness and we waited for the funny.
You guessed it.
The funny never arrived. But I don't need to tell you that, because no doubt you saw it too. Only I'm sure you were smarter than me and you waited until it was on tv on a Saturday afternoon and you were just hanging around folding laundry and had absolutely nothing more interesting to occupy your brain.
And most people I talk to about that movie enjoyed it about 48 times more than we did. In fact, right now you might be saying to yourself, "Well, it wasn't On The Waterfront or anything, but it was a cute little unusual adventure." Right? Aren't you saying that?
And I attribute the difference in our opinions here completely to the fact that I expected to love the movie, and you expected nothing more than a short diversion to keep you from having to match socks, other than on the commercials.
And that, my friends, is why I have completely stopped recommending any movies or books. If I liked it, the best you'll get from me is a short, "Well, it was pretty good."
The secret is, it's all in the expectations.
I was thinking about it this morning reading over at Sue's blog, where she's been busy
I've noticed that the people who like the book the best are those who read it before most of the hype and excitement started. I mean, it wasn't Anna Karanina or anything, but I thought it was an entertaining premise, and really, I never expected it to be anything but a quick summer read of a young adult fantasy book. I really enjoyed it.
Pee Wee vs Twilight. Now there's a comparison you won't see on any other blog. But you totally get the connection, right?