Today, I finally got around to watching my Netflix copy of Little Miss Sunshine. Now, I've heard nothing but good things about this movie since it came out this summer, and I think that really interfered with my enjoyment of it.
One of the problems with never going to the movies (Once in 7 years, people.) & waiting for it to come around to my turn in the grander Netflix queue is that I've seen a lot of the best parts of a movie already. Between little clips here and there, commercials, & what people tell me, a lot of the key parts of the movie I've already experienced. So they're not that big of a deal in the movie. I'm not surprised by the things that probably should be surprising.
But I think what happened with LMS was about hype. I kept hearing about how funny it was, how it was one of the funniest movies of the year, of the past few years; it has Steve Carell in it, and any of my Daily Show people is a must see for me; the commercials were cut to make it appear like some lighthearted comedy; everyone agreed: FUNNY MOVIE.
So I went into it expecting it to be hil- ar -ious. And... it wasn't, really.
It was sad and moving and heartbreakingly realistic and a lot of other things, but it wasn't laugh out loud funny (for the most part - more about that later).
So as I sat there watching it, I was let down that it wasn't turning out to be sooo funny. And I was almost to the point where I was going to just shut it off, I was so not in the mood for what it was offering me.
I was grumbling though, watching it. Thinking of all the reviewers and sisters (bad sisters) who had misled me. Giving the movie a pretty poor rating in my head - almost hating it.
I stuck it out though, and came around to the last 10 minutes of the movie. Which were AMAZING. And immediately bumped the movie waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up in my estimation.
So, I'll forgive all those critics and reviews and sisters, because the last 10 minutes made up for all of it.
But, it's still not some lighthearted comedy, people.
Bring tissues instead.