Sorry but the charm of those thugs escaped me
When I pick movies, I often go by what I hear from people like you. The reviews in my morning paper mean a lot less to me than the views of fellow bloggers, forum dwellers and the regular guests who make contributions in the comment section. You could call me weak, indecisive and easily persuaded. A nicer way to put it is to say that I’m open to suggestions and ideas. In any case, I listen to what you say. It’s very rare that I get disappointed.
When you write up movies, you do it for good reasons. It’s rare that I encounter something that is an unmotivated hype.
But on rare occasions it happens that I just scratch my head after following your advice, unable to see what all the buzz was about. And I’m afraid this was the case with Attack the Block.
I think it has to do with the genre. To be honest, the mix of horror and comedy isn’t one of my favorites. I think it might have to do with that I’ve basically avoided horror movies the last 20 years of my life. This means that about half of the jokes are lost on me; I don’t get the references. Occasionally a horror-comedy makes me laugh; for instance I was charmed by a movie from New Zealand a few years ago named Black Sheep (I think you can figure out what the monsters were like without watching it.) And don’t ask me to explain why. The moment you try to describe humor you kill it as we all know.
Considering this I suppose there’s no real point in asking you to explain what was funny about Attack the Block. Either you get it or you don’t. And as of the scary part, that didn’t work particularly well either. The quick cuts couldn’t hide that those fluffy aliens looked like oversized prizes from a tombola and the novelty of their glowing gaps wore off pretty quickly.
I’ve kept thinking and thinking about why I couldn’t connect with this movie. I watched those kids fighting off aliens in a sinister suburban house block. But I couldn’t care less if they succeeded or not. They were introduced as thugs, equally annoying and frightening, the kind of party that I would go a mile extra to avoid if I spotted them. And as the movie went by there was very little in it that convinced me that I had been wrong in my judgment and that they deserved to win over the monsters.
It could have been saved if the monsters had been likable, but you can’t really say that either.
I ended up caring for no one and laughing at nothing. Maybe I’m older and duller than I imagined.
Well, I suppose we can’t agree about everything. Next time you’ll tip me about a movie I might like, I’ll listen and take your advice to my heart. Let’s just forget about this one
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, UK, 2011) My rating: 2/5