David Mamet is Overrated

October 26, 2010

I’m sorry. David Mamet just isn’t that good. He can’t hold a candle to Pinter, Beckett, or Arthur Miller. And screenwriting? Please. The guy couldn’t be less filmic. He’s very good at the opening premise, but he doesn’t deliver, good at the title, no so good at the content. He can swear, I’ll give him that. I suggested Glengarry Glen Ross for our family movie night – so me, 19 year old nephew, 17 year old and 13 year old son, my hubby, my dad who stopped aging at the age of 60, and my sister who is sneaking up on 40. We watched for one hour, and he never got off the sales leads. The leads. It’s all about the leads. Whining about the leads, bullying about the leads, yearning for the leads, shitting on the leads. How that self-promoting, self-aggrandizing playwright could have got his hands on that great cast and delivered so little! Glengarry Glen Ross joins Last Tango in Paris in the films that do not stand the test of time category.