Posts Tagged ‘movies’

We Watched Us Some Watchmen

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Somehow I managed to talk Amu into trotting down to the theater to see Watchmen on Friday. I’m very glad she did. I won’t talk too much about specifics because I think this is a movie it’s very important to see for yourself to determine if you like it or not. Seeing as how reviews are literally across the board, you honestly do have to see it for yourself to make a judgement.

If you’re not familiar with the source material, know that you are taking a risk. This isn’t Iron Man, and it isn’t Spiderman. This isn’t even Dark Knight. Do not watch this movie expecting more traditional comic movie fare. You’re setting yourself up for quite the rude awakening.

If you ARE familiar with the source material, know that you are taking a risk. You may be someone who’s personally invested in the original comic’s story. Most of it’s intact, but you may find yourself making unfair comparisons. Just remember that you’re watching a movie and not reading a graphic novel and you should be fine.

I read the graphic novel twice, the most recent time probably close to 10 years ago. I purposely did not read it again prior to seeing the movie because I didn’t want my brain bogged down looking for inconsistencies between the two. I know people who did that, and they admitted they had to see it a second time to enjoy it because their first viewing was spent not watching the movie to enjoy it, but instead analyzing the movie for how it differed from the comic. You’re only sabotaging your own experience if you do this.

I had a great time, and will be seeing again for the hundreds of tiny little details I may have missed the first time around. Amu loved it too, and admitted that there wasn’t a main character she DIDN’T like. She really liked Rorschach, and even The Comedian by the end of it all. It’s no small feat to make someone unfamiliar with these psychologically twisted characters really empathize with them by the end of the movie.

In my opinion this was the absolute BEST Watchmen movie that could be made for this time. Another 20 years or so and we may get a different kind of movie altogether. And truthfully, I’ll be right in front of the line to see THAT version too.

Trek Effect?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I haven’t been following news on the new Star Trek film hitting theaters this weekend primarily to keep myself in the dark so I can see the movie without having formed an opinion of it ahead of time. I’m not a trekkie. I don’t watch the television shows. I have enjoyed most of the movies, however, and was definitely planning on giving this new spin on the franchise a shot. Today, I saw something that’s almost guaranteed I’m sitting in an uncomfortable chair for a couple hours this weekend.

Does this screenshot, or does it not, seem like it could have come right out of the Xbox 360 game Mass Effect? Mass Effect was the game that got me to love games again. It got me wanting to try more RPG titles, which was a genre of game I’d abandoned quite some time ago. Even if this is the only scene that looks like this in the entire movie, I’ll enjoy myself. Also, it brings to mind there needs to be a Mass Effect movie. Period.

Quite The Trek

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’ve never been a Star Trek fan. Just haven’t. I’m familiar with the various series titles and have a fair understanding the gist of each, but I’ve never sat down to watch a Star Trek episode on television, vhs, or dvd ever. It doesn’t help that I’d spent most of my youth in a Star Trek vs. Star Wars state of fandom. I made my choice, and my team had red lightsabers.

This dichotomy between two important and significant sci-fi franchises went a few notches towards dissolving this weekend when I watched the new Star Trek movie. If this is a sign of what’s in store for Star Trek, I could possibly become a Trekkie. Really.

I won’t break down my thoughts and give a full review of the film because I’m not terribly good at that sort of thing, but I’ll say that the focus on character development, and the rivalry/friendship between Kirk and Spock won me over. Some old school Trek fans lamented the lack of faux science techno babble that’s a staple of the franchise, but I’m glad for its omission. At least in this first film I am. There’s plenty of time for trans-warp sub configulabotomy crystal/gem fabritilations in subsequent films. this first one HAD to be about character.

See this movie. If you’ve ever heard of Star Trek I’d urge you to see this film. It’s enough canon to appease the die-hards and it’s fresh enough to convert people who were never Trek fans. I know it’s done that for me, and I know I’m not alone.