Saturday, May 8, 2010

Day 340: The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) - Rank 3/5


After falling in love with "The Last Wave" and "Picnic at Hanging Rock" both, I became absolutely curious about Peter Weir's earlier work. The initial works of famous directors are always hit or miss, though films like "Hard Eight," "Pi," "Frankenweenie," "Following" and the like have given me newer appreciations for some of my favorite directs. Sadly, that's not really the case here. While "The Cars that Ate Paris" is fun for 1970's drive-in fare, it scarcely seems comparable with Weir's later work, serving as no indication that he could create the films he has. In addition, to watch the film objectively, it leaves me even more unmoved, for the story seems terribly conventional, if not contrived. The idea of a town that profits off of road accidents has humorous potential, but not for an entire film. In the end, it feels like the storyline was created just so the crew would have an excuse to drive cars into buildings. More akin to what I would picture for early Michael Bay, not Weir.

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