Tuesday, April 05, 2005

"What the Bleep Do We Know!?" - movie review

I guess if you haven't seen What the Bleep Do We Know!?,this post may give away what happens in the movie - although it's not like this is a suspenseful movie or anything. I don't think that this could possibly ruin the movie.

So, I watched "What The Bleep Do We Know!?" this weekend and all I can say is that I'm very glad that I didn't pay money to see it. If I wanted to watch a high school science film, I'd go back to high school. The graphics were cheesy and seemed forced. And they felt the need to try to entertain the audience with a too long section about peptides and a Polish wedding.

The only reason this wasn't a documentary was that they didn't tell you who the people talking were until the end - one was Ramtha, from Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. That and it attempted to use the plot of a woman's life--Amanda, a deaf photographer (played by Marlee Matlin)--as an example of what the scientists were talking about. She was cool, but it leads me to wonder why her and not another and why not just her--why not show the story of quantum and not tell it. This is a movie afterall. If you want a good (if slightly pretentious) example of a movie which goes into similar existential inquiries and manages to mostly show the story instead of just talk through it, try Waking Life. It also has better graphics.

I suppose the part at the beginning about quantum theory could be good if you've never had any introduction to the topic but after the in-depth discussion of addiction and how our thalamus works, I stopped listening because I couldn't hear over the laughter in the room. I guess they went on to talk about how we are all god because, according to quantum theory, we are observers and therefore create our reality as we go along. Sure, why not? If Valentine Michael Smith believes we're all god, then I grok that I can too.

To all those folks for whom this movie "changed your life" and/or made you think about your life in a different way--I say congrats, good job, and now move on. Don't let this seed germinate with this movie as its only food. Do your own research! And remember that even when scientists are on the right track, they may still be asking the wrong questions.

I don't think I will rate this movie - it's not even worth a rating.

4 little fish:

Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

this movie totally did not make it on my radar. strange.
but having read your thoughts i'm not sorry.

(tries in vain to think of movie i liked that you didn't...)

2:49 PM  
Blogger the wheel swam up to say...

Sounds dreadful. Methinks I will steer clear of this one.

9:33 PM  
Blogger gatsby swam up to say...

i was going to, and never got around to seeing this movie. the reviews i read said it was good, but i can imagine it as being a bit selfconsciously annoying.

11:33 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

Many people ranted and raved about how good this movie was and I haven't got the faintest clue why. The week it came out, it was second in the box office to the Incredibles (thank god, er you and me and everyone else for small favors).
Perhaps you should watch it and let me know why people liked it.

10:48 AM  

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