Paparazzi




Cover Art and Menu: 5/10
Hmm, I’m torn. Is this cover just boring, or is it boring and ugly? I don’t mean to be hateful, but oh my GOSH! How many times do these cover art/movie poster designers get to take short cuts before we all rise up and demand plain black and white covers with just the title? I think I would prefer that over images like this haunting my DVD shelves. It’s basically the kind of collage that you would see on a commercial for a TV movie on a Sunday evening. The movie’s tag line, slapped across it with “brought to you by Tampax” across the bottom of the screen.


Features: 3/10

  • Commentary by Director Paul Abascal – By far this is the best, and in reality, the ONLY extra this DVD has to offer. The director is enthusiastic and fun to listen to. In fact, I think I prefer watching this movie with the commentary rolling over the top. What could I mean by that? Hmmm, read on to find out.
  • 2 Deleted Scenes – These scenes don’t add to or subtract from the final movie, so it’s just something extra to toss on the disc to give the illusion of a full DVD experience.
  • Making Of Featurette – I would like to put up a big billboard in Hollywood near the DVD author offices that has the definition of “Making of” on it so they are no longer confused. This is the weakest, lamest making of I think I have ever seen. There is no “making of” involved at all. It’s clips from the movie mixed with a tiny bit of interviews and it’s only a couple of minutes long. Not worth the effort to make it or watch it.
  • Theatrical Trailer – Whatever. I am so tired of DVD’s with just one or two trailers on them and they consider that an extra. Come on people, we saw these trailers in the theater and on TV already. I would love to see some foreign language trailers, some rough draft ideas for trailers, or a featurette that high lights the process of a film studio actually making the trailers.
  • BTS Stunt Featurette – As much as I appreciate the art of stunt work, this is one more poor extra slapped on this DVD for whatever reason. The stunts are all cool, don’t get me wrong, but the truth is that they are not all pivotal to the story or even remotely important to the whole film, except that they can say there are some cool stunts and big action sequences. If you decide to indulge in this little bonus feature you will learn a little about the technical side of setting up big stunts, but the way they made the featurette it’s like they want it to be cool and dynamic, but it’s kind of boring.



The Movie: 5/10:
I understand average. The concept is that what you consider average is something that is just middle of the road, ok, mediocre, not great, not terrible, in other words, blah. I understand being a little bit average is like being a little bit dead. There are technically no degrees of averageness. However, I would like to make a scale here and now. Let’s start with this movie. I would have to say that Paparazzi is VERY average. It’s not just medium, so so, ok, or even just plain mediocre. It’s VERY mediocre, very average, with a hint of added blah tossed in for good measure.

It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. It’s got a lot of good action scenes, great cast, even a pretty good story. It’s just so “TV movie of the week” in quality that you are waiting for a commercial break at every peak of action or dip in the dialogue.

It is a cautionary tale, I realize this. It’s not a high concept movie, not a big action flick with staying power or sequel possibilities. It is a “what if” scenario that asks the question, “What if a celebrity gets medieval on the Paparazzi who have destroyed his/her life?” Good idea, but when you take that idea and take each character to such extremes it seems like a caricature rather than a relatively realistic glimpse of what could happen.

Movies are not real? Oh come on, I thought they were supposed to all be just like real life…haha no, not really. I realize there has to be license to dramatize, that’s the beauty of the art of filmmaking. It’s just that when you are trying to tell a story that mimics the reality some people live, (i.e. celebrities, public figures, etc.) there will be some expectations that can be easily shattered if the acting, the dialogue, the characters are all even a hint over the top. That is the case with Paparazzi.

I was intrigued and wanted to see it through to the end, even though I was pretty sure what was going to happen. It is not a mysterious hidden plot twist kind of movie. The thing I do admire about it and the main redeeming quality is that it’s got balls. That’s right, big brass balls. It doesn’t shy away from making the good guy or the bad guy too extreme.

Performances are all actually really good, including the token Baldwin, which makes me cringe to say. But he was ok along with everyone else. They all took their parts to the extreme from now and then, but put into the perspective of the rest of the film, I think they all did their best to keep the momentum going and it works.

Over all I was not terribly impressed, but not disappointed. That’s my idea of average and it ain’t a bad thing people. I was very average in college and just look at how amazing I turned out šŸ™‚


Value: 4/10
No way would I recommend this DVD as a purchase. I wouldn’t have a problem saying it’s worth a rental. I might not love it but it’s not bad for a cheap evening at home. To put this DVD in the same price range (around $21-$22) as some of the heavy hitters out there is ridiculous. I look for this one to be in the buy one get three free bin by Summer of this year.

Overall Score 5/10