Sound of My Voice

“I had planned on seeing Dark Shadows tonight, for like the past week. But then a blurb on Sound of My Voice caught my attention (more on that in a minute). I had a quick rehearsal for tomorrow’s show selection that ended just a touch later than I’d planned on. I made the last second decision that I’d have better luck running to the Kendall in 10 min than T-ing to Harvard in 20. Given that I got there just after previews started, I think I made the right choice. Shadows is postponed to later this weekend (unclear if my tomorrow evening is free or not). Then all I got left is my repeat of Avengers, which may be pushed to next week. I do intend to start my next side project within the next 7 days. It mostly depends on how the movie going falls, which again is dependent on tomorrow.

It doesnt take much to convince me that I wanna see a movie: a particular actor or director, a personal recommendation from a friend, a favorable review from a trusted source, just the right keywords in a quick blurb. It was that final option that pulled me into Sound of My Voice (with a little bit of the one just before). EW had a short review. The operative phrase that caught my attention was “”…gets deeper into the fascination — the mental horror — of cults than Martha Marcy May Marlene did.”” YES! While I had enjoyed Martha Marcy, I found it was lacking in that aspect. I wasn’t as psychologically thrilled as I expected, and we didnt dive too far off the deep end. Sound seemed to promise all that I’d been missing.

Did it deliver? For the most part, yeah. I think I coulda done with a little bit more crazy, but then again, we all know how I love my messed up dramas to be really \m/. What I did like was all the mystery around it. Who is Maggie? What are her motives? Are our documentarians gonna get caught? Those are just the spoiler free questions I can ask. There were plenty more. Watching it played out kinda like watching Lost. Questions and mysteries would start to appear, and then would cut out quickly and move onto the next thing. Before you could process the unknown, you were presented with something else. If you’re into that sort of Lost-y vibe, then yeah this is a good one for you. However, if you need closure in that type of set up, maybe you should skip this. I’m still puzzling over what it all meant, especially the last minute. And unlike Lost, Im not exactly expecting the internet to be abuzz or to walk into the office and spend the first hour of the day discussing. (Though if you’ve seen this and you have theories, please please tell me!)

Right now, I’m thinking about how the different aspects of this cult set up get to me. The hive mind and ulterior motives and all that crap really intrigues me. That’s the stuff that kinda sucks me in, but I can see how some people would find that to be the scary part. No, what scares me is how overly nice the cult-ees, especially the leaders are. The soft gentle voices, the overly understanding attitude, all of that creeps me the \m/ out. I wonder what that says about me as a person…

Sound of my Voice – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n

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