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Not what I'd hoped for
I wanted to watch this movie because I was looking for an exciting psychological thriller and I like to go back to the older movies as they often proved to be excellent in this particular genre. Baby Jane felt like it will be exactly what I was looking for. However, I was deeply disappointed.
First off, I love Bette Davis (Jane) and Joan Crawford (Blanche). Nonetheless, their characters really got on my nerves because they were so over the top, both of them. Bette with the excessive "crazy person" look and Joan with the excessively polite person behavior. The movie wasn't thrilling at all - it's more of a drama than anything else. I don't think there was one moment that held me on the edge of my seat, except maybe the one where Blanche is trying to get to the phone downstairs. At the same time, though, I was irritated by it. Every time Jane would go out to run errands she would be away for a long period of time, giving Blanche enough time to seek help in many ways. Yet all she did in that time was one or two activities like eating candy or trying to get down the stairs. What, this took her hours? I know she was in a wheelchair but come on! If you're afraid for your life you'll frickin' drag your body down the stairs if you have to. And you'll do that as soon as your abuser left the house, too.
Another thing that really irritated me was Blanche's complete incompetence. What, she couldn't scream out the window when she saw the neighbor? She couldn't throw things out to get somebodies attention? It's not like they were living in the woods, away from all forms of civilization. Imagine you're being held captive in your own house and you manage to get to the phone AND call for assistance. Would yo beat around the bush or scream "come help me right now, my sister is crazy! Come NOW!!!"? For me, the whole movie is totally unbelievable. I don't blame the actresses but the director, producers and scriptwriters. The movie's full of plot holes and poorly executed storyline. That's why I give it a 6/10 rating.
Different people like different things...
I just watched this movie now, in 2011. Why I waited so long? Some movies just give me a bad vibe and i can know upfront if i'm gonna like them or not. So far, the only movie I was wrong about was V for Vendetta. I didn't want to see it, but did and was completely amazed.
With Memento...not so much. The storyline is just way too complicated to be explained in such short time. I know, Memento is special because it's not meant to be obvious...blah blah. I'm not gonna bash the movie because everyone has their own opinion, tastes in art and so on. I'm gonna say Memento is in film industry what poetry is in literature. It can be seen in many different forms. I just happen not to like that in a movie.
For example, Shutter Island is, for me, a perfectly done movie in the somewhat same genre of mind-f like Memento. Suspense, thrill, mystery, unpredictability...has it all. And in the end it can be interpreted in different ways but you can back it up with something.In Memento, there are different ways to understand it but no logic at all. You can just guess what happened with no arguments, only guesses. And you can never be really sure what the hell went on there. It's like I write down some sentences(seemingly related) for a couple of pages and let you decide what I'm writing about.
The only reason why I watched it to the end was because i just wanted to know what the f happened. Only to be left alone in the dark in the end! :D Just kidding. In some ways, it's like The Elephant man. Simply f'in hard to watch. Just hard to watch.
I don't want to rate this movie at all, because I really wouldn't know what to rate it. It's not bad, it's not the best...It left me with no feelings at all. And when i feel nothing, I can't rate it. It gave me no new experience.
For The Dark Knight, I didn't want to get out of theater because I didn't want it to be over. I was thrilled. That's what I like about movies. A story with a message. Something that touches you as a human being. I love movies because I learn from them. Memento felt more like a test with no right answer, and I learned squat from it. Maybe I should watch it again and again...after a couple of times, maybe it'll make more sense. Nah, that's just too much hard work. :D