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Monday, March 17, 2008

The Good And The Bad

I like foreign films. With the subtitles and what not it's almost like you're reading a book while you're watching a movie. The movie above, "Monsoon Wedding", is one of my favorites. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it wholeheartedly. However, the next movie ...

... was beyond hideous. "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaynege" (no, I don't know what that means) was the WORST movie I've ever seen in any language. I cannot even begin to tell you how horrible this movie is. Simran and Raj meet on a tour of Europe after graduation. This is their one last jaunt before going on to their respective arranged marriages. Of course they fall madly in love with one another. But ol' Raj, he's a coy one. Look, there he is on the bridge in Switzerland, playing his sitar. Simran approaches him.

Raj (speaking hypothetically we assume): Simran, what if you were to meet a man on a trip and he steals your heart?

Simran: What do you mean, Raj?

Raj: And he was to fall in love with you?

Simran: Oh Raj ...

Raj: Haha! I am only kidding you, Simran!

Simran: Raj, stop chewing my brains! (translation issues??)

And then, because this is an Indian film, the music starts and they begin dancing up and down the river! And then they're on a mountain and Simran is wearing a disco dress in the snow! Then they're in a swimming pool! Next a car! And all the while there is more singing and more dancing.

This was one of those movies where you sit and stare at the screen in sheer amazement. How did something like this even get produced? And if you really love the singing and dancing do not despair - this movie is 3 HOURS LONG. I made it through the first 90 minutes. It was horrible. I feel as though I have a "movie hangover." Don't ever rent this movie. Please.


  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger trek said…

    At least you didn't pay full movie theater price to "walk out" on it!

    ::blink, blink::

    Definitely something lost in the translation...

  • At 4:41 PM, Blogger Sheepish Annie said…

    Nope. Not a translation issue. Raj is a zombie. And Simran is an idiot. You run when someone tries to eat your brain!


  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger the Lady said…

    You wanna talk about crazy? Have you ever seen "Peau d'ane?" It's a crazy French film from the 70s or so, and it doesn't get any weirder. Can you say incestuous fathers, crazy fairies, bad costumes, and helicopters in the Middle Ages? It's just bizarre.

  • At 6:31 AM, Blogger Niki said…

    I'm having an online secret auction on a handmade quilt of mine. You can find the recent posts about it on my blog. :)HUGS

  • At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My goodness, I go away for a few days, and all sorts of things happen. How exciting, I'm a WEINER!!

    Speaking of bad films, several years ago a friend of mine rented a film called "Eating Raoul" which she and I watched. Truly disgusting! You'd best pass on this one too.

    Agatha's Gran

  • At 12:56 PM, Blogger Veronique said…

    I saw "DDLJ" all the way to the end and laughed my ass off. The scenes in Switzerland (or what Indians think Switzerland is like) are just hilarious. Yes, it does boggle the mind a little to think that the lead is played by the current biggest Bollywood actor... Although I suppose that someone out there is watching a Hollywood movie and making fun of it :)


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