Every issue, crunchyblackgirl (CBG) and her Dad
will do a review of a new movie. Being the kind soul that she
is (and since he was paying), she let him choose the film. He
chose The Score. When asked why, he replied, I havent
read much about it. All I know is what the advertisers tell me,
Its got intrigue and suspense. All that stuff
they make up to get you to get excited and show up. Im suspicious
though because I think its Robert DeNiros slick way
to get another black woman in his life but well see.
a packed Sunday matinee in Brooklyn Heights, CBG and her Dad sat
on the steps of Brooklyns City Hall and discussed The Score.
Here is what they said:
DAD: So what?
CBG: So whatd you think of the movie?
DAD: Well, uh, it was OK. There are no Academy
Award nominations in the future.
CBG: Uh, no.
DAD: It was entertaining enough I guess. (Though),
I think that they used a lot of deceptive measures to bring the
public into the fold. They do it all the time in movies. You know,
like a cameo appearance from Marlon Brando (but) for one second.
CBG: He was in it more than I thought he was
going to be. He was good, I thought.
DAD: Well, theyve been picking him for
this same role, the role of The Godfather, for so long that its
sort of his new image.
CBG: In articles about the film, they kept mentioning
that his character was gay. But it has nothing to do with the
DAD: It doesnt seem like it has anything
to with it.
CBG: I just wonder why they brought it up.
DAD: They do that for sensationalism, I think.
Just like how they used Angela Bassett. (Shes) not too high
profile. Hasnt done that much since
Waiting to Inhale
or whatever its called. And they used her because this way
you have the element of inter-racial romance.
CBG: They used her because he (Robert DeNiro)
DAD: Versus another female, white actress who
wouldnt have taken that same role because it has no significance
whatsoever. She was shown, two, three times.
CBG: Ed Norton was good.
DAD: Yeah, he was good. He was good. DeNiro was
CBG: Did you feel like the heist was believable?
I know my answer but
DAD: Um, not with modern technology, no. And
I have to say that a world treasure is not (worth) thirty million
dollars. A billion dollars, maybe. But, you know, you have to
make it entertaining. Movies are fun.
CBG: It was waay too long Dad.
DAD: They carried out one plot throughout the
whole movie. They should have had inserts of other things within
the structure of the movie to entertain. They could have done
something else with Angela Bassett. They could have done something
CBG: It needed a sub-plot is what youre
DAD: Yeah, yeah, it just needed something else.
CBG: My problem was that you knew Ed Norton was
crooked from the beginning so the minute you saw him, I didnt
understand how these people who were supposed to be these
these elite criminals, how they didnt
know. And for someone who supposed to be a mastermind, this guy
(Marlon Brandos character) had been screwing him (Robert
DeNiros character), monetarily, for 25 years. Now, you know
if Im doing those kind of capers, Im gonna be overcompensated
not under compensated.
CBG: Three people wrote that script. Apparently
Ed Norton did a lot of rewrites as well so a lot of people have
had their hands on that wack story.
DAD: Well, its summertime and theres
lots of money to be made so if you dont have a film out
there, irregardless of whether it stinks or not, then you dont
have any money out there. Every film that you make, you try to
be concerned that it has some sort of value to it but if a film
is going to make you 20 million dollars, you cant just say
CBG: My favorite part of the movie was after
Ed Norton did his big heist and he tried to escape on foot.
Heres a man hes got a 30 million dollar statue. He
figured out how to get into a top security building and now hes
running down the street as fast as he can with no idea where hes
going whatsoever in some Pro-Keds.
CBG: Would you suggest this movie to your friends?
DAD: Well, it depends on how desperate they are
to see a movie. I liked the ambiance of being out with my daughter
and not watching television but if you got something else on your
mind, I would tell you to wait for the video to come out.
CBG: I dont think Id even say wait
for the video. I mean, I thought Ed Norton was cute. I was glad
I saw him again. Hes a cutie.
DAD: Well, I could say I thought Angela Bassett
was cute if were going that way. They didnt show enough
CBG: No, they really didnt.