Time for door 23 of The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films, which, thankfully means we’re almost done with my delusions of film connoisseurship for another year.
I have been known to throw in the odd film review that has nothing to do with Christmas in the past.
But it’s hardly a regular occurrence so once tomorrow’s entry is done and dusted I’ll be back to writing about …erm… whatever it is I normally write about.
Which is mostly nothing.
Or, as has been the case of much of 2019, I might not write anything at all. Which is the same as writing about nothing but with less words.
Back to today though and the penultimate entry in this years pointless cinematic Christmas countdown is 2005’s Crash.
Which is undisputedly a good film.
It won an Oscar for Best Picture for goodness sake.
And it has a fantastic ensemble cast.
Although, and maybe it’s just me, but it does seem a little bit trite at times. And heavy-handed with it’s core message.
Maybe it was more ground-breaking in 2005 than it seems to be in 2019.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely worth a watch. There are some genuinely great performances and some truly affecting moments.
I just don’t think it’s as good as it thinks it is.
Score for Christmasishness
Crash definitely appears to be set around Christmas. But I’m not at all sure why. It doesn’t need to be. It seemingly adds nothing at all to the movie and aside from when there are obvious decorations in the background, you could easily forget the time of year. But there are enough trees, lights and baubles to make it undeniably a bit Christmas(ish).
I think you do a wonderful job watching all these films and then commenting on them. As for me, I’m a bit ancient and well into Talking Pictures. As usual I haven’t seen this film.