i wished this movie would have been longer, a lot longer. it was more interesting and less pretentious than my dinner with andre, mixed a wide and pedestrian set of dialogues with some interesting plot and character points and came up with something rather fun to watch. the actors and actresses (mostly unknown to me) do fine jobs inhabiting their characters (if they are even characters) and dine at of all places a bar. as the night wears on they get drunker and talk about religion, sex, and relationships which are some of the major guideposts of human social life and interaction. the movie easily could have doubled it’s length and the subject matter could have been further explored in deeper and deeper ways and still have remained fresh and entertaining while avoiding the artsy abstractions and pretensions of andre. kudos to the writer and director of this film, the later of which i would learn to my surprise is bob odenkirk of mr. show fame. my only beef with the film is the abruptne…
I had mixed feelings about this one. I went into it knowing that it was largely based on conversation with very little vestiges of plot, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it all sort of falls into place to mean something at the end. All in all, the conversational elements are richly written and very appealing. However, that’s the end… it takes a while for it to be truly enriching.Sometimes the conversation is such that you feel like you’re in it, and that’s probably as close to good as the cinematography and editing gets, considering in general it really isn’t that well done. I can forgive the hand-held look and a lot of how the image turned out from its independent production value, but try as I might I couldn’t help but feel a lot of the work was just shoddy camera operation.Sometimes the conversation isn’t very appealing and I can’t help but think, "I’m obviously not in this conversation because I wouldn’t go there." So there’s that element too, a sort of discu…
Nearly all of Melvin Goes to Dinner’s brief running time is spent observing a rambling but always interesting dinner conversation among four variously connected people in their late twenties. I was very impressed by both the writing and the acting. It’s rare enough that we get even brief conversations that sound right, like real people really speak to each other; Here we have over an hour’s worth.All of the performances are very good. I especially liked Stephanie Courtney’s ability to make Alex simultaneously annoying and charming. Others have noted the wonderful cameo by Jack Black as a mental patient with an impressively detailed conception of reality.If you find yourself looking for a break from CGI and other special effects, give Melvin Goes to Dinner a try. The best thing I can say about it is that as soon as it ended, I wanted to watch it again from the beginning.
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