Okay, hypothetical, let me say something nice about a movie on my Netflix list. I had heard good things about The Host, a monster movie from Korea first released in 2006. Directed by Joon-ho Bong and originally titled Gwoemul in Korean, which means monster, it is the story of a mutant amphibious beast that lives in the river Han, which runs through Seoul. The monster is about the size of a large truck, so it isn't really a Godzilla type flick. It's more in the style of Jaws or Lake Placid, about monsters big enough to consider humans as food.
The standard in this genre is for the good guys to be a team up of a scientist and local law enforcement. In this movie, the heroes are a family of a little girl, taken by the monster and presumed dead, but she survives and is able to call her father on her cell phone. Besides her father, a ne'er do well who works for his dad in a convenience shop near the river, his brother and sister join in the rescue attempt. The brother is an antiglobalization activist and the sister is a top archery competitor in her country.
While I put this movie in the same category as Jaws and Lake Placid, this movie, is much, much better than those. It's exciting and funny and heartfelt, and unlike so many Asian films today, the heroes aren't martial arts superstars. The musical score by Byung-woo Lee has strange carnival music elements reminiscent of Nino Rota or Tom Waits. While I berated Cloverfield for being derivative of other monster movies and action TV shows, I applaud The Host for borrowing elements from as diverse a set of entertainment as The Three Stooges, the films of Costa-Gavras and the Japanese anime The Grave of the Fireflies. I know that many of my readers don't care for commentary, and there isn't a commentary. There is a short feature of the director apologizing to people, actors in scenes that were cut, actors who had to wear masks and couldn't be seen very well, the people who were inconvenienced by the film being shot in popular locations around Seoul. Not exactly what Martin Scorsese would do, but Marty doesn't make monster movies, and if he did, he could learn a thing or two from Joon-ho Bong.
If you like monster movies, see The Host. If you don't like monster movies, see The Host.
'Cos Matty Boy lu-u-u-u-u-u-vs this movie.