I think of myself as open minded and ready to understand everything. Or at least give my self a chance to understand something. My open mindedness is manifested by the types of movies I have on my Netflix queue. I have been a member for over 3 years and browsing my history, I find that I have an eclectic mixture of movies I have chosen to view. I particularly enjoy foreign movies, of which Netflix has a wide range of choices.
My most recent rental however was quite disappointing in a way. It was Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution. While I vaguely remember reading that this movie had caused some buzz, I do not remember what it was all about. I knew that Ang Lee is some sort of a trailblazer; someone who marches to his own drums, even dances to it without restraint. I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of his more famous movie, Brokeback Mountain, and how that simplicity in story translates very well.
But back to his recent offering. The movie is excellent, I thought. The cinematography was good. The actors were terrific. However, I do have a problem with the sex scenes, which I thought were all real, not simulated. Am I correct? I dont mind watching sex scenes, when it is done as an integral part of the movie. This is where I believe Ang Lee crossed the line between artistic and pornographic. I know that I may have been showing conservative self by this reaction. But the scenes in question are long and graphic and I dont mind him putting some in, but well those scenes are just too much. Cut the scenes in half and it does not make a dent in the story line one bit; so why bother cramming it all in when it does nothing more or less to the story?
Yes, there is such a thing as too much. And this is where I draw the line.