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06 February 2004 @ 10:14 am
I hired Willard (the recent remake) this week because lukeii raved about it.
I must say that I was very disappointed.
Crispin Glover is an excellent actor, and there were a few moments of true excellence, in particular the demise of the cat and the amazing visual when Willard emerges from the elevator.
But, overall, it was just way too predictable.

Willard did everything I thought he would, and nothing I didn't expect.
The scenes towards the beginning with the bosses shiny, new car and then Willard teaching the rats to tear up old tires in his garage was none too subtle in its forshadowing of Willard's first use of his new-found power. And of course one could predict from the beginning that he would take the ultimate revenge on his "evil" boss (Did anyone else think that Willard probably deserved his bosses tirades? I mean he was late to workevery fucking day).

I wouldn't have had a problem with predicting these scenes, as they seemed fairly essential to the story.
My problem is that these are the only things that Willard uses the rats for.
He could have robbed a bank, discovered his father's dirty secret, kept the big bad lawyer away.... anything that might have surprised me.

Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I found rats to be creepy, but as it is I'm actually rather fond of rats.
Chrisfireburner on February 5th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
i thought it was ok.
i liked Ben..
Jacobyak_boy on February 5th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
I thought it was okay too.
I was expecting more though.
Outlier Man: firelukeii on February 5th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see the original movie too, so I can compare, but they may have stayed true to that.

Also, the movie wasn't just about Willard, was it - I especially liked where else it went. Ben was what made the movie so good for me, with excellent support from Crispin Glover.
Jacobyak_boy on February 5th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
Most of the time I was just trying to work out what the fuck was wrong with Willard. He seemed to keep changing his mind about how he felt about the rats, and it didn't seem to make a lot of sense.

The whole power struggle between Ben and Willard just seemed to fragment the story. It meant that for much of the movie Willard was pretty much the passive player - things happened to him caused by the rats - which means he was in the position of protagonist for the first and last part of the film and Ben took over as the protagonist for the middle section. It made the story schizophrenic, and, in my opinion, ultimately unsatisfying.

I can't fault the film visually or stylistically, but I don't think that's enough to carry it, especially since I wasn't particulalrly creeped out by the rats. If they were spiders... maybe.