The deke is a basic part of offense in hockey. The idea is to lead the defender into overcommiting to the wrong direction, trying to get him to get ahead of you and then switching it up while he's too overreached to recover. You deke defensemen, you deke goalies, and The Usual Suspects also dekes goalies. IT IS EXTREMELY RUDE FOR A MOVIE TO DEKE THE GOALIE.
Goddamn do I hate getting deked.
Lacy showed me a comment that said I needed to watch this movie again. She agrees. I feel like I agree, too. I don't know if it was the pain or the codeine or the lack of pizza or any other number of excuses, but this movie put me off my game in every way. There wasn't stuff there to react to that didn't just make me ask more questions about the exact same things. I was hugely frustrated by this movie, right to the very end, and when I thought I had finally guessed it I was very very wrong, wasn't I?
The detective mentioned at one point in the film the idea that Keyser Soze (thanks Rachel) could be some kind of "badge or hex," the Lock Ness Monster of crime that's more of a spook story than an actual guy. I thought for sure that I'd landed that one - that Verbal was in there to catch Cooyan with the idea that the devil himself played them and that sure, why not, of course it was Keaton because that way you're satisfied and the whole story was actually a lie.
Was it the codeine? Was it the lack of pizza? I'm really hoping that I didn't give the character a pass because of my own situation right now, because what would that say about me? All I know is that I never once suspected him and I feel completely taken for a ride. Maybe that's how I'm supposed to feel. Maybe you're supposed to come off the ass end of the movie feeling like a prize donkey. To feel like "Oh shit well I should watch that again now that I know," because people definitely think I should.
For me, though, I didn't know what was going on or what I was being asked to care about by the movie. I found it really distracting and frustrating. The ending - was it the biggest twist they could have gone with? Quite probably. Was it the best ending they could have gone with? I don't know. Again, maybe I'm slow. Maybe I was supposed to put it together faster. But whatever the reason, I didn't feel like this magic trick had played out in front of me at the end; I felt cheated, like I'd been taken for a ride on a shell game.
It's a bold and audacious move to spend the whole movie leading up to telling the audience they're chumps. I might watch it again and love it now that the onus (great word) of finding the central plot isn't on my shoulders. There were a lot of things that were good in this movie - the actors are all great; Keaton in particular I expect to see in a lot more movies down the line. The score was different, and with the story they ended up telling it worked very well. When everything does come together, as furious as it made me that I'd been had so very hard, it's pulled off very very well with all the flashbacks and clips of him talking.
The sort of setup where an ending scenario is given to me at the beginning takes away from my ability to get into the action and feel the tension just because I've got a sense of who not to worry about. Take that away and I need something else to stay involved, and instead of that I just got a really frustrating runaround where I was spending more time coming up with ideas than trying to put the pieces of the movie together. Lacy thinks it might just be a problem of me not having experienced a movie like this before, something so that I could get into the right mindset. She's probably right. But goddamn was I ever frustrated at the end. If I go back and watch, I'll probably find it impressive. First impressions, though? No. Just no.
I'm sure a lot of you will disagree. Remember, I'm not saying it's a bad movie. I'm saying that it's not the movie I was in a place to watch at that point. I'm saying it might not be a movie for me. I overthink some things and underthink others. If I'd gotten a warmup on the sort of film this was, things might have been different, but I just came from a whole lot of action, fantasy and sci-fi movies with a couple of comedies thrown in. I was not in a place to watch this movie.