Thursday, October 07, 2004
I Heart Huckabees
OK. Color me impressed with this piece, a very good interview with Huckabees director David O. Russell by Jeff Overstreet for Christianity Today. It’s not what you’re expecting. Features a phone-in segment with Mark Wahlberg. Says Russell: “People are used to seeing these ideas taken seriously in movies that are dramatic like The Matrix or The Passion of The Christ. Or they’re satirized by independent cinema. I’m doing something different—I’m taking the ideas seriously in a comedy, even though I’m being off-handed and joking about it as well. I think the most daring thing about this film is its sincerity and its optimism. As a Zen monk once said to me, ‘If you’re not laughing, you’re not getting it.’” And apparently he even attempted (with dubious success) to avoid caricature of religious believers. Let’s hope he starts a trend.