January 27, 2007

Catching up with the one or two Oscar nominated titles I missed this year, I watched "Click" tonight, and damned if I wasn't somewhat shocked at how good it...could have been.

Actually for what it is, "Click" takes things a number of steps further for the writing team of Steven Koren and Mark O'Keefe. These guys are working in a delicate vein that could eventually fall into the right territory, such as the heights Andrew Niccol nailed with "The Truman Show." As it is now, their scripts are perfect examples of great ideas that need molding and re-writes, and better yet, directors willing to avoid the temptation of going for the cheap laugh first. Maybe the secret there lies in casting, as surely Adam Sandler had his say on the material. Steve Carrell in this role a year ago would have been a step in the right direction. But then, maybe $137 million would have been out of range. Who knows?

In any case, while there's some dreadful stuff at play in "Click," I think it is, altogether, a great concept that works and made for a better-than-expected comedy viewing experience.



Paramount Vantage actually got 9 nominations, 7 for Babel and 2 for An Inconvenient Truth.


Assuming you posted on the wrong entry.

I watched this Tuesday evening and had a not dissimilar experience.

This is obviously not great filmmaking. Some of it is rather vomit-inducing and much of the early charm turns into grating as the film goes along.

But there are some great ideas in there and many genuinely funny and well done moments.

I'm not sure I'd even call this "good" but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting and it's actually a very clever idea that could have made a wonderful little film in different hands.

I agree, I was really surprised by Click, it just seemed like there were two movies, the one where Sandler lazily relies on what he knows best and works for him and the one where Sandler has to challenge himself and reach for some genuine truths. It's a damn shame he was the elephant in the china closet on the movie because it was so haphazard I almost gave up after the first hour or so. But right about at that point the film starts to get consistent and becomes something that's almost special.

Steve Carrell in Click would have been amazing, since I doubt there would have been as many Sandler alterations that stick out so horrendously.

Sandler can still be himself, he just needs to learn how to scale his style and personality to each project appropriately.

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