Thursday, July 19, 2012
SHALLOW GRAVE (1994) - Danny Boyle
My distaste probably has something to with Boyle's showboating camera, always moving and copping those moves from better Scorsese and Coen Brothers' films, usually to a bland techno beat. Then there's the three lead characters...all douchebags and not the interesting kind. One of the staples of noir is that it is peopled with greedy, amoral a-holes, but they need to be somewhat compelling a-holes. I couldn't give a lick about these three. From the opening scene--a cutesy-poo montage of McGregor, Eccleston and Fox interviewing potential flat-mates with ponderous questions and wry insults--they just grated on my nerves. I wanted to give them (and the disc) an eviction notice from my DVD player straight away.