If Jai Ho sounds familiar to you, but you can't place it, it was the song the cast of Slumdog Millionaire danced to at the end of that movie. And yes, movie snobs, I understand it's a Bollywood tradition, and it's not unique to Slumdog, so please don't trip over your "but but buts." Anyway, I've longed believed that bad (even slightly good) dramas could be saved with the absurdity of a dance number. Which is all I could think about while watching Liam Neeson's new movie, The Grey
|Dance With Me|
|For the lulz|
1) Liam kills the wolves
2) The wolves kill Liam
3) They come together for a beer and a dance?
Exactly. Instead of some epic ManVBeast battle, the movie would have been much better served if the angry, hungry wolves surrounded Liam, only for the "alpha wolf" to approach him, kneel (maybe Tebow?), and tell him, "We've chased you for days. You're a worthy adversary. Come live with us."
|Let us share a story and a laugh.|
Cut to group dance number with Liam and 25 wolves. Movie over. Everyone's happy.
If you're not into dance numbers, my old college roommate and I used to discuss how much cooler dramas would be if they all used Journey's "Anyway You Want It" as the end credits song. Picture"Titanic." Rose dies, imagines herself back on the Titanic, near the clock. She sees Leo for the first time after all those years. They kiss, the crowd cheers, the camera pans up and bleaches the screen to white....ANYWAY YOU WANT IT, THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT, ANYWAY YOU WANT IT. Better, right? No? OK, well try a different movie.
OK, done with the rambles! Enjoy the weekend.