Cor, films are exciting, aren’t they? All explosions and action and loving in the night time way!
OR ARE THEY??
Some films have absolutely no excitement in them whatsoever, some people might even describe them as boring, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not still awesome pieces of cinema.
Here is the 5 Awesome Films Where Nothing Exciting Happens.
Beware massive spoilers.
1. LOst in translation
Probably the most famous film on this list for complete lack of excitement. This film is incredibly divisive; I’ve had falling-outs whilst defending this flick to people that actively hate it.
Bill Murray meets Scarlett Johansson in a Japanese Hotel, they hang out and maybe fall in love… or are good friends… or have a father/daughtery relationship… or are a distraction from boredom… it’s hard to tell. And that's kind of it until the final scene.
The final scene shows an emotional goodbye, where Bill Murray leans in and whispers something inaudible into Scarlett’s ear. The actors and the director have never fessed up to what was said but I like to think it was “I bet this’ll piss off 50% of the people watching!”
2. garden state
A film that’s as famous for it’s soundtrack as it is for it’s undeniable use of the manic pixie dream girl trope, Garden State is an unashamed indie film; muted characters, themes of friendship, twee underscoring.
The story revolves around JD from Scrubs’ slightly more emotionally constipated brother returning from LA to his hometown for his mum’s funeral. He then meets Natalie Portman, they have a romance, go on a trip to a junkyard and he realises that he can feel emotions again because it rained.
Basically, that’s it but it is really lovely and sweet and worth a watch. I will warn you though, if you haven’t watched it in a while, be prepared to not find Natalie Portman as endearing as you remember.
3. Me, Earl and the dying girl
It seems that ‘dudes being emotionally stunted’ is somewhat of a common theme in the genre ‘Films Where Nothing Exciting Happens’ and this entry to this list is no exception.
Me, Earl and The Dying Girl is an incredibly lovely coming of age flick about two old friends starting a new friendship that’s doomed from the get go.
As is the way with these things, these teenagers are mopey and surly but much more eloquent than you or I were at that age… somewhere in-between ‘Dawson's Creek’ and ‘Misfits’ levels of vocabulary.
The ever-dancing Sam Rockwell plays a ‘moon farmer’ (whose job it is to harvest the moon obvs). After some weird going ons, Rockwell finds out that he has actually been cloned many times over (his replacement clone turning up is a big give away!) Original clone and new clone hang out for a bit, original clone dies and new clone ships off to Earth. The end.
Whilst Kevin Spacey voices the moon bases AI assistant, Rockwell is the only actor seen on screen, meaning it was always going to be an understated experience, but it really is just one actor talking to himself for ninety plus minutes.
Highly recommended! 2 out of 1 stars!
5. RUBY SPARKS
Sure, I guess you could say that an emotionally-stunted writer creating his perfect woman out of thin air is exciting, but the rest of the film is really just a very standard relationship; they get to know each other, realise they’re both annoying and break up. That’s a standard relationship, right??
This is a lovely film about the unrealistic expectations put upon our partners and Zoe Kazan, the writer and titular character, does an awesome job of deconstructing the manic pixie dream girl trope.
So there we have it! 5 Awesome Films Where Nothing Exciting Happens!
I'm sure there are plantry more, let me know in the comments below.
by Gary Tro
Gary is a stand-up comedian whose new show IDOIT will be at Edinburgh Fringe Festival Aug 2 - 26.
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