Ever hate a movie in the theater but love it on DVD?
Many readers have asked whether I’ve ever seen a movie in a theater that I disliked, but then changed my opinion upon seeing it as a DVD. (The other biggie I get is whether I’ve changed my opinion on a movie based on its commentary track or its extras — and I’ll get to that one soon, I promise.)
Right now, however, I just experienced my first real turnaround: When I saw Brick, the twisty thriller starring Third Rock From the Sun’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a smart-aleck high-school kid trying to solve the murder of his ex-girlfriend (Lost’s Emilie de Ravin), I hated it. Writer-director Rian Johnson had a very clever idea — transpose the slang and attitude of ’30s and ’40s hardboiled detective fiction to modern-day adolescent life (Raymond Chandler, meet Dave Eggers) — and had come up with a pretentious botch.
Or at least, that’s what I thought until I watched it again on DVD. Seeing the mystery plot unfold, appreciating the way the young actors managed to make tough-guy talk trip off their tongues so lightly… well, it grew on me, fast. Sometimes you can fall into the rhythm of a movie more easily on DVD: It’s a more intimate experience — just you, your remote, the machine, and the movie — and you aren’t surrounded by movie-theater popcorn-munchers either yukking it up too much or treating the whole experience as though they were in a secular church. I learned to like Brick by really concentrating on the clues, replaying scenes whose dialogue whipped by too quickly for my old ears, and listening and watching in blessed silence. Before, I was, to quote Jethro Tull, as thick as a brick. Now, Brick hit me like a ton of them.
What movie have you liked more when you saw it on DVD?
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