After spending most of this beautiful weekend enjoying the sunny and 75 degree weather, Sidney and I switched gears a couple hours ago. With Sloan down for a nap, we decided to find a late Sunday afternoon movie to watch on Netflix.
We selected “How We First Met,” a film that just hit Netflix starring Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario, and Shelley Hennig. It is a romantic comedy and DeVine plays the usual character you have seen him play in movies such as “Pitch Perfect” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” Unlike a lot of Netflix movies in which we end up falling asleep to, Sid and I watched “How We First Met” all the way through. However, just because we watched all 97 minutes of it doesn’t mean it was the best movie we ever watched. In fact, I found myself more frustrated than anything.
Why was I frustrated? Well, “How We First Met” followed the exact same movie premise that I am getting tired of watching. I don’t know what is up with Hollywood these days but it seems as if all these writers are obsessed with a certain concept that Sid and I have watched play out in at least six different movies over the past 12 months.
Okay, this is what I am talking about: The main character misses a chance at love or a big opportunity and wonders “what if?” Then, a fairy waves a wand or the character suffers a fall and it sets in motion the “Groundhog Day” phenomenon. You know what I mean, the main character wakes up in bed only to discover that he or she has time traveled back to the day when the big mistake or missed opportunity occurred. It is then up to the depressed soul to change the course of history and make things right…usually needing no less than 50 different attempts to do it.
I will say this up front: I am intrigued by the notion of the smallest thing having the power to dramatically alter life as we know it. With that said, the cinematic twist is making me go crazy.
If I could describe these “Groundhog Day” ripoffs in one word it would be exhausting. By the third time the movie goes back in time I am already over it. By the fifth time it happens, I am annoyed. Some of these movies go back over 10 times…get my drift?
I think the reason why this concept exhausts me is because when I watch a movie I like to feel like progress is being made. I like to feel as if the film is moving forward and a conclusion is coming closer to the forefront. With movies that flashback to the same point over and over it drives me crazy. It is backtracking and repetitive. I simply don’t have the patience for it.
Probably the other word that comes to my mind with these movies is cliché. As I wrote above, these films are completely overdone. Between Netflix and the Hallmark station it seems as if it is the only type of movie being made. Creativity has flown right out the window.
Do you have a favorite “go back in time a million different times” movie? Or are you like me and think they are lame? No more rewinding for Sid and I tonight, we got a “Celebrity Big Brother” finale to watch! Don’t Blink.