This is a question I ask all the time since I see a lot of movies with my husband.
He never answers by the way. It’s a rhetorical question.
I ask it most frequently right after we’ve seen a remake, or a sequel, or a just- plain- awful movie. And though I don’t expect an answer, what I really mean by this question is : what were they thinking???
I know the answer anyway–having lived for years in Los Angeles in my former life married to someone in the movie business.
But I still can’t help wondering whether anyone ever looked at the dailies.
Much less frequently, I ask the same question: How did this movie get made? Only with an entirely opposite meaning.
I always marvel that someone managed to have enough passion, belief, gumption, vision, drive, whatever it takes to convince someone to see what’s possible and to put up enough money .
I asked that question tonight —after seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild.
How did this movie get made?
I found the answer after we got home; and also learned how the young director found the 6 year old girl who is the central character.
But that’s not what matters.
The movie and its star are both small miracles. Run, don’t walk to see it; just don’t miss it.