Sunday, 8 February 2009

Oscar 2009 Part 2

Let me start by saying this: I didn't like Milk. I'm sorry, but I didn't. This is not a film, it's a documentary. I know many people and critics disagree with me, but it failed to touch me. This film is all about Uranus in action and unashamedly so. There is practically no story, it's just one election after another, which, after a while, becomes extremely boring. All the personal stuff is waved aside and if it weren't for the tragic ending and the performances of the actors we would have no film at all. It's all about THE CAUSE. Fine, but that's not enough. Gus Van Sant would have benefited from seeing all those Al Pacino films in the 70s, where the cause doesn't overshadow everything else. Which is particularly bad for James Franco who is simply brilliant, but of course isn't nominated because he has no part to play in the first place. This just goes to prove how Uranus cannot be allowed free rein.
Frost/Nixon belongs more or less to the same category. Why should anybody go and see this film instead of renting All the President's Men or Nixon with Anthony Hopkins? This film is only a vehicle for Frank Langella to give one of this year's great performances, I'm afraid. Nothing else. I think both Frost/Nixon and Milk have benefited from the astrological climate of our time. Milk is all about Saturn/Uranus and Frost/Nixon has something to do with Pluto in Capricorn, showing the dark side of politics. I honestly don't think that these two films will stand the test of time nor would we feel any need to see them again.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a curious case indeed. How on earth could this film be directed by David Fincher is beyond me. It's not the kind of film he would normally be interested in directing. This a meticulously crafted film, where everything seems to be in place, but at the same time you get the feeling that you've seen it all before. Very Saturn in Virgo. It seems that Fincher wanted to be taken seriously and decided to make a film that would guarantee him wider acceptance. Perhaps Fincher with four planets in Virgo was under the influence of Saturn, now transiting his sign, when he made this decision. And there is a Uranian element in the film, with Pitt ageing backwards, which is also suitable for Fincher with a Sun/Uranus conjunction.
Slumdog Millionaire is basically a love story, around which everything revolves, I think. But it is also a "from rags to riches" story, combining Saturn and Jupiter. It's about the life hardships of a young Indian boy and his unbelievable stroke of luck, or destiny. Perhaps a Jupiter in Capricorn story, which makes sense since we are talking about a 2008 film. It's quite good, actually.
Finally, I've already stated my opinion on The Reader and I would very much like it if it won. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

1 comment:

  1. "It seems that Fincher wanted to be taken seriously and decided to make a film that would guarantee him wider acceptance" - I couldn't agree more!
    PS : I didn't like "Milk" either...