“We Want Something Different . . . But Not TOO Different!”

Yesterday I stumbled across a favorite movie of mine, Mister Frost.  Now if you haven’t seen it (and odds are you probably haven’t), it’s a difficult movie to describe.  it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, and not in the “you either love it or hate it” sense either, but more in the “you are either enthralled by it . . . or bored by it.”  And even though I like the movie, a quick re-viewing of some key scenes reminded me how much I found it “over-stylized” at points, particularly in some uses of lighting and soundtrack, as well as in at least one “excessive use of overdramatic close-ups of over-horrified faces” scene.

Even so, I remain enthralled by this movie, but it’s definitely not done in your “average” movie style, and that got me thinking . . .

I saw several reviewers criticizing (and sometimes even mocking) this movie for its off-beat style, but I’ve also noticed how harshly movies are criticized these days for being “just another standard _______ from the studios.”  (You know, those movies that people talk about hating, but make lots and lots of money.)

Sometimes people just want things both ways, I suppose, even when having it both ways is mutually exclusive.

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