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Saw Van Helsing

David says I'm just not appreciating a summer action movie. No, I tell him. I can appreciate a light summer action movie; it's the disjointed script and crappy CGI that I'm not appreciating. Maybe Gollum has just ruined me in the suspension-of-disbelief department.

I did appreciate some of the actors trying to do the best with the dreck they had to work with, but there was no saving it, in my humble opinion. Oh, it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, not by far, it was just quite mediocre. Not even up to popcorn movie standards.

Other coming blockbusters:

Troy
Chronicles of Riddick
(mumpish, I'm assuming we can talk you and T. into getting together to see this one?)
Shrek 2
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Spider-Man 2
I, Robot
Hero
(can't wait for this one; friend who's already seen it says "Forget Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.")

Oh, streamweaver? They're making "A Sound of Thunder" into a movie, scheduled for release in October.

The good news? While we were out picking up Mother's Day cards, David bought me the two NWN expansions! Yippee! Of course, the little surprise Mystery Men DVD that I picked up for him arrived in the mail today, so we've just sort of been giving each other little no-occasion-but-that-I-love-you presents this week.

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pointedview
May. 9th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
It's easy enough to have a split decision, because there's Buffy With Joss Involved and Buffy When Joss Went to Play With Other Projects and Left Marti At the Helm. Two very different shows, and most fans I know strongly prefer the Joss Whedon vision of Buffy.

99% of Buffy's best times were the first 3 seasons, and those are the ones we own on DVD. I'll probably pick up season 4 just because there's an episode where Seth Green (Oz), Amber Benson (Tara), and Alyson Hannigan (Willow), tear me to bits with their performances, but the quality of that episode has much to do with what the actors gave to it -- it could have easily descended into second-rate bathos without them.

I could go on at length (there are an embarrassing number of posts about Buffy in my Memories section, many of them complaining about where the show went), but LJ only allows the Comments to be so long. ;)

Now, as I said, I did appreciate some of the actors doing what they could with the material that they had, and Wenham played it deliciously over the top. He took the camp element and ran with it, and when they were camping it up, it worked better. The problem is that they didn't stick with that: Van Helsing's script and direction didn't seem to know if it wanted to be camp, homage, statement on human nature, high adventure, or what, and the script wasn't good enough to blend them successfully. In the right hands, blending can work. These weren't the right hands, IMHO. Then again, I didn't like The Mummy, either.

Yeah, I noticed the full moon thing, too. :) Also the getting back bit, after they made it eminently clear with Carl not being able to get back through the doorway that there wasn't an easy way out. Speaking of Carl, I get points for recognizing Wenham immediately the first time I saw the trailer, as in: "David, holy cow, that's David Wenham!" :)

Don't get me wrong -- it was better than, say, Dungeons and Dragons (*shudder*), it just wasn't what I believe it could have been, given a few more rewrites.




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