Just came back from the latest Spielberg opus "The Terminal." I wanted to like it more than I did. This one has a lot of flaws so it isn't that close to being great in the way that "Minority Report" and "A.I." almost are. Both of those were ruined by bad endings. This is kind of blah the whole way through. It isn't even nearly as good as "Catch Me If You Can."
I just don't understand why Spielberg can't make a great movie from beginning to end. He clearly is allowed to do whatever the hell he wants in his films but still feels the need to pander to the masses. But, I can't see this film setting any sort of box office records so why bother pandering. Matt Zoller Seitz described this film as Kafka directing a Capra film- good description except Spielberg waters down both: not enough bite to get all his points across and not heartfelt enough to moisten the eyes.
File this entry away under "Don't need to read again when Dan reposts this in January as part of his year end list."
3 days ago