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pleasant surprise

Saw Drumline with the parents tonight. I went in dreading the film, due to the worst ad campaign in recent years, but it was actually quite good. Not without flaws, but better than most of the films I've sat through lately.

If nothing else, this paints a more realistic Band Camp than the American Pie saga brought us.


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Dec. 18th, 2002 12:53 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it
I was going to respond this morning, but had to rush out to Woodland Hills for a cardiologist appointment... I was gonna say - being a musician, you might find the incapacity of Devon (or whatever the lead character's name was) quite, well, wrong. It shouldn't have happened in this type of realistic movie.
Dec. 18th, 2002 07:45 am (UTC)
possible spoiler warning. maybe.

That can refer to three things, I think. Difficult to narrow down without spoiling anything.

His attitude was a little over-the-top, but not far from people I've known.

The gap in his experience is all too common. In marching band back in high school, it was more the rule than the exception. Yes, this is stretched thin by his skill level. But it is also effectively covered by his skill level. It's not right, but I'll buy it.

What came of this... That did seem a little extreme, given that far less correctable things went by without consequence. But again, the other characters are well established, and things built up to last-straw proportions in front of too many people. I'm okay with that as well.

Like I said, it's not without flaws. But still the best Hollywood depiction of that particular environment we've ever had, or are ever likely to.
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