WHEN: 9:30PM EST, December 22nd, 2012
WHERE: At my apartment in Portland, ME (Alderaan)
FORMAT: Blu-Ray on a Vizio 47″ LCD HDTV
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Tired. Had just watched About a Boy and Fever Pitch.
THE OTHER WORKS OF NICK HORNBY:
To preface my penultimate viewing, I watched two other Nick Hornby films, About a Boy and Fever Pitch. Neither was much fun.
ABOUT A BOY:
The voice-over narration has the same feel as High Fidelity, and there’s the same sense of affable sarcasm. Oh, hey, again the main character is in his late thirties with no stable relationship. Unfortunately this film also features an obnoxious child.
You’d almost think that’s what the film’s about.
As a further downside, that “strumming my pain with his fingers” song is featured heavily.
All joy has been removed from the Nick Hornby experience. A dog eats some puke. Jimmy Fallon brushes a dog’s teeth. Something happens involving a Drew Barrymore and a seagull. RED SOX. RED SOX. RED SOX.
Despite all the bullshit, there are moments where the relationship issues are interesting.
Perhaps the worst moment in the film is when Jimmy Fallon teases us with the possibility of falling over Niagra Falls to his death, but fails to follow through.
Just toddle over already!
SO HOW DO THEY REFLECT ON HIGH FIDELITY?:
Well, High Fidelity actually takes time to focus on the relationship between the main characters, playing to Nick Hornby’s strengths, instead of getting distracted with side issues.
Also, have I ever mentioned that Charlie has a sweet industrial loft?
I’m not capable of talking about this film anymore.
The sun is yellow. Walls are solid. High Fidelity is High Fidelity.