June 7th, 2006

Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

Ghosts of the Abyss

Despite a few flaws, Ghosts of the Abyss may be one of the better IMAX movies I've seen. While there were times that I found myself wishing that the crew would just shut up and experience the wonder and awe of what they were seeing, not to mention desiring a little less screen time for James Cameron, I still found myself whispering "Wow," at the television as images of still-intact leaded glass windows, china, and a bowler hat, relics of tragedy, passed across the screen. The crew discovered a brass bed, perhaps the very one that Mollie Brown slept in, as well as a carved fireplace, the steering column, the engines, the propeller, the boiler room ... it's amazing that so much is still there. I wasn't bothered by the computerized transparencies of the crew and passengers used at certain times for illustration: they provided scale and context.

If you like that sort of real-time historic excavation, you'll find Ghosts of the Abyss fascinating. I just wish they'd spent more time with the ship.

I found the song "Darkness, Darkness" that they played at the end to be hauntingly lovely.

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