Most of the time I like (but don’t love) Ron Howard’s movies.  They tend to seem a lot like the man comes across in interviews – competent, decent, and optimistic.  For me, Cinderella Man and Apollo 13 tend to rise above the others.

Just like Spielberg films, though, I tend to find Howard’s work a little too “Hollywood” and manipulative on a fundamental level.  I’m not against a happy resolution, but it’s the whitewashing effect that bugs me, a sense that circumstances and character arcs are a little too good to be true, too contrived.  I crave authenticity.  Even the magical can be made to feel authentic.

Funny, the biggest complaint I have about Howard’s new, often somber, film is it’s utter lack of authenticity.  I didn’t believe one single moment of this film, which kept me from engaging with it.


2 Responses to THE DILEMMA

  1. John Farrell says:

    Mary, I think you hit the nail on the head. I find Howard basically a “company man” in the way he makes movies. I enjoy some, but always feel that “Hollywood” stamp on it. He doesn’t sign off on what he directs. the studio does.

  2. mdalton4 says:

    It’s nice to know that someone whose opinion I respect agrees with me. “Company man” indeed!

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