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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Anyone else watching ‘Smash’?

(By the way, if anyone’s looking for a truly gorgeous movie this weekend, Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea” opens Friday at the Seven Gables, and it’s a gem. And, thanks to that movie, I have been walking around singing “Molly Malone” for several days. Not an ideal state of affairs — people look at you funny when you’re crooning “cockles and mussels, alive, alive-oh” — but the movie’s worth it.)
OK. I have officially substituted “Smash” for “The Killing” as The TV Show I Love To Hate, because “The Killing” is now thoroughly ridiculous yet dark and gloomy and no fun at all, while “Smash” is bright and silly, though equally ridiculous. If you’re watching (spoiler alert if you’re not caught up), you saw the amusing spectacle this week of Uma Thurman playing movie star Rebecca Duvall, who’s been brought in to star in the Marilyn Monroe musical despite a) not looking the slightest bit like Marilyn, b) not being able to sing, c) being seemingly unaware that musicals have a lot of singing in them. Likewise, none of the the show’s hapless creative team bothered to find out if she could sing. Righty then! Meanwhile nobody on the show’s writing staff has figured out whether Ivy is a scheming manipulator or a vulnerable big-hearted waif — poor Megan Hilty seems to change character every week — just as nobody seems to have noticed that Katharine McPhee not only isn’t a Marilyn type either, but doesn’t have enough charisma to carry a show. And does anyone care whether Julia gets back with her dull husband, or whether their son gets good grades in school, or whether Tom ever gets anywhere with Sam, who is suddenly deeply religious? Would Anjelica Huston please throw a drink at the writers? Thank you. Nonetheless, I’m enjoying the show, because it’s so silly and because many of the cast members are very funny when they act huffy (which is all the time) and because Debra Messing’s wardrobe deserves an agent of its very own. Anyone else watching?

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