You might think, dumbstruck pretender at holistic knowledge, that I fell asleep because the movie sucked. But as we always must remind you here at un-sf, if you're bored that's because you're boring.
I fell asleep because I did a buster of a bike ride after work, and it put me in a state of zombification. And I started watching the 2hr40min movie at 10:30pm, not exactly a smart choice.
I just went to look at what The Consortium of Morons thinks about the movie, by reading reviews at imdb.com and, as I usually do, starting with the "Hated It" comments.
We can take as example this capsule of brilliance:
This picture was nominated for seven Oscars. I would have nominated it for one more--the most boring picture of 1959. 2.5 hours of black and white boredom despite the always remarkable Jimmy Stewart but I will say this: the real Joseph Welch, the lawyer who got crazy Sen.Joe McCarthy in front of millions of TV watchers and disemboweled him, was an absolute pleasure to watch.A terrific actor and a terrific American. This film was all about missing panties which self-admittedly Lee Remick wore but not always. By the way, the film does not deal with the garment industry but rather with sexual violation. Ben Gazzara shoots and kills a bar owner who raped his wife; clear cut premeditated murder but Ben can't remember "nuthin.'Jimmy Stewart is a laid back lawyer having a miserable practice who's called on to save the day. George C. Scott is great as a hotshot prosecuting attorney but alas...the movie was the lousiest courtroom drama I ever saw.
So, what you're telling us is that "courtroom dramas" have to be surreal, whiz-bang things that make litigation look like warfare in the trenches.
I realize that a lot of litigators use battle metaphors when conducting or reliving a lawsuit. It's a way for milquetoasts to feel heroic. But that has no bearing on whether a "courtroom drama" is supposed to be as action-packed as Die Hard, or as invective-filled as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
If you're disappointed that a "courtroom drama" isn't fast-moving, exciting, or otherwise phony enough to keep you jittery with anxiety and wanting to bash someone's skull with the judge's gavel, I have to say that's because you know only teevee law. You probably think Glenn Greenwald heroic and the standard for all lawyers to reach and embody.
Litigation is not exciting. It's marginally more exciting than accounting, a few rungs up from actuarial science, and probably far superior to debating with Marxists regarding who has the most faithful interpretation of what Big Beard actually thought.
Someone who reviews Anatomy of a Murder and says it's not exciting enough, well that person should pick a subject that he/she knows well from lifelong experience, and then try to make an exciting movie about it.
When you watched The Machinist, did you complain that it was a "boring" depiction of work in a machine shop?