17
Apr
09

Movies…

2009 in movies for me has been character driven, barely any special effects and no CGI. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good blockbuster, it’s just that I haven’t seen any this year until recently.

I have seen and loved movies like Milk, Doubt and The Reader – all sensational and well deserving of the accolades received. Thanks to the DVD medium, I have also caught up with such brilliant movies like The Black Balloon, September. A Guide To Recognising Your Saints and the charming comedy Juno.

So, I guess I was due something a bit more mainstream and action-driven. Sadly, I picked two movies that despite all the hype were both very disappointing.

Twilight

I should have heeded the warnings but I needed a couple of hours of destressing at a cinema one day and there was nothing at all on. I reluctantly picked this movie and I wish I hadn’t.

I love a good vampire story and films like “Interview With A Vampire” and TV shows like “True Blood” really hit the mark but there’s nothing really to connect with in “Twilight”.

To be fair, I’m not part of the target audience and I have never read the books. To me, the first part of the movie played out like a “Dawson’s Creek” episode albeit with vampires but it didn’t have to be vampires. The story seemed intent on destroying much of the vampire folklore. I can cope with small changes (“True Blood” had a good take on the reflection in a mirror myth) but hey, these vampires can even go out for a stroll in the daytime. Vampires are meant to be creatures of the night. The second part of the movie was quite boring and really just an over-extended chase scene.

And I must be one of the few people who does not get the whole Robert Pattinson thing. Yes, he’s good looking in his own way but I would not call him beautiful in the way most people are. I found Cam Gigandet a lot more appealing but then again I have always had a weakness for the bad boy. Taylor Lautner has a lot more potential but needs a few more years.

Just my opinion since there were a lot of people who loved this movie. I simply wasn’t one of them!

Watchmen

I had high hopes for this movie and it has been on my must-see list for quite a while now. I really wish I hadn’t seen it and I even seriously considered walking out during the screening.

I used to read comics when I was younger and have really enjoyed the big screen adaptions of recent years. On paper, “Watchmen” sounded really interesting and compelling. A story showing the dark side of being a super hero set in an alternate timeline version of the 80s where Richard Nixon is still president and the planet is on the brink of war.

I knew it was going to be dark and violent and I was OK with that. I don’t particularly like violence in movies but as long as it is not gratuitous and I know when to look away then I can usually cope. The violence in “Watchmen” was over-the-top, sickening  and totally gratuitous. I couldn’t believe the movie was only rated MA when it should have been R (Australian ratings) based on the depiction of violence.

One can usually find some connection with a character, however dark they may be but not this collection of characters. Even the supposedly “good” heroes were very boring and bland and I couldn’t feel any connection. The two most (or should I say only) interesting characters were the sociopath Rorschach and the disconnected outcast Dr Manhattan, both played well by Jackie Earle Haley and Billy Crudup respectively. They were the only two actors I would keep if I was recasting the movie.

As I have already said, the story itself is a good one as well as being very intelligent and thought-provoking. There is a lot of potential to make a really good movie out of it and I would have done it totally differently. I guess that the movie has been influenced by the look and feel of the original graphic novel which has a cult following. I have not read the graphic novel and, like with “Twilight”, I do not fall into the target audience. I believe that the fans were in the main happy with the final product so who am I to want to change that. I just wish I had never seen it.

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1 Response to “Movies…”


  1. 1 trashie
    May 9, 2009 at 12:16 am

    glad i missed twilight. i really liked Let the Right One In, the swedish vampire movie. was great.


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