June 13, 2012

Bernie - Angelika



Erica: We saw this movie a few weeks back and I am still trying to make sense of what I was watching. I am not sure if I liked this movie or not...it was just odd...why Richard Linklater, just why? I will let Mike take this one while I think about what to write...


Mike: I've mostly seen Bernie described as a very dark comedy. I disagree. I don't think it's dark at all. It's a movie about small-town life, and the characters that roam in this tight-knit community, and how they welcome odd-ball Bernie when he moves into town. Almost everyone in this town seems pleasant, and Bernie is a very likable guy, even though he's a bit strange. And then he does something really bad, and people in town liked him so much that they had trouble believing it. It's a true story - you see the real Bernie in the end, so it actually happened and all... but I don't really think the movie's about that - at its core, it's a slice-of-life piece of Americana. It has some funny moments, but it's mostly a pleasure to watch because of Jack Black's performance. He's a little weird, and you keep looking for reasons to dislike him, and even when those instances come up, it's really hard not to like him.

Erica: Weird being the key word...I think it's worse that it was based on a true story. Bernie just seemed too nice for my liking....we are divided on this one. Please share your comments about Bernie with us...I want to know if it's just me or if this movie is really that strange.

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