Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thoughts on Snowden.

Melissa and I went to see Snowden yesterday! OK OK, so it's almost midnight at the time of writing, so technically Friday. Overall, I thought the movie was good. It's not a documentary, (if you're expecting that, go watch Citizenfour instead.) Although I think everyone should either watch Citizenfour either beforehand or afterwards to figure out what was missing, (and yeah, there were obvious omissions! There was definitely a lot of flashing back-and-forth, which toward the end started to become excessive. It wasn't hard for me to keep track of, because I've followed everything very thoroughly for the past 3 years. However, if you're like me and you're blind, and you just heard about what was happening at the time from the news, you'd definitely find this not easy to keep up with. Let's get to the obvious and glaring omissions. I've been reading and listening to things ahead of time, to try and get a sense of what was going to happen, (I did this with Citizenfour.) Yeah, it does kind of give away things, but it also helps so that I don't have to be whispering back-and-forth in the theater, (although I was doing that a lot,) and someone doesn't have to be constantly trying to whisper in my ear. Oliver Stone did say he left about 50% of his research on the cutting room floor, and there were parts that you could definitely tell were omitted, (again, if you were aware of the timeline and things that happened back in 2013.) The infamous July 12th, 2013 airport meeting, or as I call it, the airport scene, was completely left out! That was when it was first reported, (and widely believed,) that Snowden was using Lavabit. http://boingboing.net/2013/07/12/so-apparently-edward-snowden.html Of course we know that this was finally officially confirmed earlier this year, after 3 years of gag orders. Speaking of Lavabit, it was never mention in the movie. This made things interesting because the timelines as they play out starting in June 2013 intersect pretty well, so as I was sitting in the theater, with scenes of that time surrounding me, I couldn't help remembering everything that hhappened from the past 3 years, and I mean literally everything came up at one point. This made for an interesting theater experience, when at the time when that particular airport instance was suppose to happen and didn't, I wanted to scream, "nooooo! how could they leave that one out?" Lol I forgot I was sitting in the theater for a second, with people around me who would consider that extremely rude and disrespectful! I thought Joseph Gordon-Levit, the actor who played Snowden, did an extremely good job! I don't think there was any mistakes when it comes to him playing the part, in fact, I told Melissa "that was perfect!" after the first scene was over. I thought that MS. Woodly, (lol, I'm not going to attempt to spell her first name,) also did a good job at playing Lindsay, and I found myself wondering, "is this what Lindsay actually said? We never got to hear from her in CitizenFour, so there isn't any comparison to make from the past. It was interesting to see Laura Poitras played by an actress, and behind-the-scenes. I don't want to give away too much of CitizenFour, (and it's been over a year since I've seen it,) but I mostly remember the narration that she does, and can't remember any behind-the-scenes things. If Melissa really wants to, we'll probably watch CitizenFour sometime in the next 2-3 weeks, (either on Monday, or after she gets back from her honeymoon, (she's getting married next Wednesday!) Otherwise I'll probably watch it again soon. I'd definitely recommend you go see Snowden, that's if you've been following things to some extent, (not just heard about it on TV, etc.)

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