After the Credits: Not caring about unlikable characters

Thoughts on Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Blue is the Warmest Color, and caring About Unlikable Characters

Last week, I saw a movie I didn’t like very much, but I found the fact that I didn’t like it interesting. I got about halfway through writing the review when I realized that I would rather talk about it than write. Hence this week’s edition of After the Credits. I didn’t really get into the idea of empathy (and maybe I should have), but another person being a human isn’t reason enough to feel for them (especially when, as in a film, they aren’t actually human). There needs to be something more there.

Good films have that something else, the thing that makes you feel something other than disinterest when terrible things happen to its characters. But when a character in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear had her leg broken by someone she had apparently wronged in the past? I didn’t feel a thing.

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Previously on After the Credits:

Why I gave The Raid 2 a 97

A Serbian Film and shifting opinions

Love Strikes!Moteki, and Raging Bull

No cell phones in the theater

(Film) festival fatigue

Just turn the damn thing off

No one is afraid of the dark in 144p

Why would you want to see trash?

The Korean Romantic Comedies of NYAFF 2013