Thursday, March 12, 2009

your blood, your sweat, your passions, your regrets

Finally checked out Run, Fatboy, Run. Sweet movie. Not a waste of my time. Love Simon Pegg, who was one of the few British parts of this movie which ostensibly took place in London.

Spoiler alert: He finishes. Oops, sorry.

I don't get Thandie Newton, I really don't. Why have I seen her in as many movies as I have, and I haven't even seen the ones she's been in that everyone else has seen. And I had no idea she was English. I still don't.

You know, it's weird, I'm a runner, and I thought the dialogue was odd and clunky. I mean, no one really says, "I'd love to, but I have a run tomorrow," do they?

Okay, they do. I mean, I have. But having someone actually say that, out loud, in a movie? That's embarrassing.

Here's the bit that absolutely killed me, though ... the imaginary marathon in this movie - the N*ke River Run - concludes with its final stretch across the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul's. And so, at the end, we have Pegg's character, finishing the race in terrible pain, hobbling up the steps to St. Paul's towards the finish line in the middle of the night. It's the middle of the night because he is the last person to finish the race (sorry, gave away that part, too.)

So, what we have missed is the elite runners, those who run the race, taking five steps at a time up a flight of stairs in their final sprint. We missed the hundreds and hundreds of runners following them, tripping, falling, breaking knees and fracturing hands and faces as they crowd up those stone steps.

I mean, come on, it's a movie, for God's sake, for years film directors have put whatever building they like across the street from Central Park, David Schwimmer couldn't remove the steps from in front of St. Paul's?

It's the dumbest f*cking thing I'd ever seen in my life.

2003 Playlist
We Want Your Soul - Adam Freeland
Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters
Hey Ya * - Outkast
Jerk It Out - Caesars
Bangin' On - Johnny Marr
Mainframe - Kaada

Distance: 3.25 miles
Temperature: 26ยบ w/little, tiny snowflakes
Weight: 151 lbs.


Chip said...

Schwimmer wasn't the smartest of the Friends.

pengo said...

I thought that was Joey.