Monday, November 14, 2016

Slow movie vs wall-to-wall action

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

"A slow movie that closely observes human beings and their relationships can be endlessly fascinating, while a thriller with nonstop wall-to-wall action can be boring, because it is all relentlessly pitched at the same tone." (Roger Ebert)

I've seen action packed films that I count as gaggers, yet I get so used to fast paced movies and television, that when I watch a slower paced flick, I feel impatient. But, if I relax and let the story unfold at its leisure, I usually find, like Ebert said, the movie to be endlessly fascinating.

And memorable.


  1. I like a nice, slow story. Some of my faves are On Golden Pond and Steel Magnolias.

    What are your favorites?

  2. On Golden Pond and Steel Magnolias are great stories!

    When I think of "slow" stories, I tend to think of films based on Jane Austen novels, "Emma" (Gwyneth Paltrow) and "Persuasion". Slow-paced movies often don't find an audience, like "The Great Howard Buck" and "The Mighty", which is a shame since they are wonderful films!