Zero Dark Thirty

Tweet Review by Dean Duncan May 28, 2015 @deanduncan63

Saw #ZeroDarkThirty. Lots of 100’s over on Metacritic. Lots of good arguments there too. I find myself to be a lot less stirred.

#ZeroDarkThirty. Wim Wenders’ Goalie’s Anxiety is quite similar. Protagonist isolated, the rest of the world rolls, w’ Disquiet resulting …

… Here that Disquiet moves us to some kind of closure & greater comprehension. But for me keying on the J. Chastain character …

… makes for too much thread, &┬ánot enough tapestry.

#ZeroDarkThirty. Threads/tapestry, con’t. Film can do this. Marcel Ophuls! (’69, ’88.) Fiction too (Pakula ’76, [too] obviously) …

… Film can, this doesn’t.

#ZeroDarkThirty. Starts w’ that pitiable 9/11 sound collage. Next, unconscionable torture. Ends w’ a family, murdered in its beds …

… All sort-of explainable, none justifiable. It’s to the film’s credit that it avoids fist-pumping, mission-accomplished triumph …

… We won/we lost.

Last #ZeroDarkThirty. This sounds fuddy-duddy of me, I know. I realize that this thing is dramatically apt, & actual, & authentic …

… That’s all important. But there’s something unfortunate here, an indication of real intellectual, emotional, moral dwindling …

… So many films & conversations, our sorrow, anger, resolution, triumph, joy, sorrow again, all comprised of/reduced to the word “fuck.”