Writing Can Be Murder

November 13, 2007

Good enough?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:48 pm

We watch one movie per week. On a good week. There are weeks we start a dvd, watch ten minutes, decide it’s awful and turn it off.

The past two weeks were decent weeks in that we watched our movies from beginning to end.

This past week we watched ERAGON — a dragon/quest movie. I haven’t read the book, but dh has and liked it.

 (an unrelated side note: I now own a t-shirt which says, “Never judge a book by its movie”)

The movie was…okay, certainly not great,  full of cliches (I, the person who had not read the book, kept yelling out things like, “Look, it’s Obi Wan” and “too late, your uncle is already dead” and “it’s time to ride the tail!”) but the performances were decent (though I couldn’tfigure out what the hell Joss Stone was doing in the middle of it) and the cliches were…earnest (the guy was just a teenager when he wrote the book, so I’m willing to cut him some slack).  I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised to find it mildly entertaining. It was good enough for me.

 I felt that way about the movie we watched the week before. It was good enough. Apparently I’m the only one who thought so, because the critics slammed this film (I’m pretty sure it never even got a theatrical release in the States). Why? I’m guessing they were expecting more from a cast that featured:

Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, LL Cool J (best role in the film), Justin Timberlake, Dylan McDermott (best role I think I’ve seen him play) Cary Elwes, John Heard, Piper Perabo, etc.

EDISON FORCE was a  typical “police above the law” and the “young reporter righting wrongs”  conspiracy movie. Nothing new. Nothing too exciting. It was good enough. For me. But with that cast, good enough just wasn’t good enough.

How do you decide if something is good enough?



  1. If I can stay awake through the whole movie and don’t decide to go change the cat box halfway through, it’s good enough. I don’t even remember a lot of the movies I watch afterward. So few of them are memorable. After ‘The Lake House’ blew the standard way off the charts I haven’t paid much attention. Oddly, one of the best movies I’ve seen in the theater in a long time was ‘Transformers’ for pure entertainment value.

    Comment by bgardner — November 14, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  2. I’m totally reading your blog instead of doing my homework. Feel loved. Because I’ve got 12 pages of a paper due (ugh) and a 10 page story due (which is mostly written but needs to be edited. sigh). Anyway, most movies for me are good enough, as I’m sure my sister would tell you. I’ll watch anything. I’ll even watch most things twice. I think for a movie to be “good enough” it needs to be at least mildly entertaining. It can be an incredibly bad movie but still be good to me.

    Comment by Parisa — November 15, 2007 @ 3:05 am

  3. B — I can see how Transformers would be “good” because it doesn’t try to be anything but entertaining

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 15, 2007 @ 9:15 am

  4. Parisa — I’m feelin the luv and am happy to be an enabler as you procrastinate. Thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 15, 2007 @ 9:16 am

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