Courtesy of the new Magnum Gold Class promotion, I took myself off to see District 9 in Gold Class last week. The seat was comfortable, the food not so great (they’ve cut back the menu even more and the nachos weren’t as good as they used to be) and the movie was quite good. Continue reading “Movie Review: District 9”
The first Transformers movie had a plotline reminiscent of disaster movies coupled with the boy and his alien best friend/car storyline. And it worked – the narrative felt cohesive, despite some wonky plotlines and dodgy comic relief characters. And there were some awesome giant robot combat scenes and cool scenes of stuff blowing up.
I didn’t really enjoy this movie. Not because of its subject matter, but because I didn’t think it was a good movie. Let me explain in a bit, given that the movie is otherwise well-directed and acted out in crisp-sounding English accents.
I got invited by my friend Anna to a special mystery movie screening last night. I was expecting some blah romcom, but it turned out to be the new Star Trek movie! The screening turned out to be a test screening to see how well Star Trek would go down well with a mainstream audience. (I suspect I may have skewed their demographics somewhat, being more fan than mainstream!)
This entry into the Underworld series felt more coherent than its predecessors/sequels, partially because the plot is really simple. If you can remember Lucian’s flashback about his angsty past in Underworld 1, well this is it, expanded out into a full movie as Underworld 3 for your viewing pleasure. Not plot twists or turns or anything to detract from the melodramatic tragedy unfolding.
This film was quite good, if a bit slow and veering between its sequence of set pieces. In 1928, Christine Collins comes home from work to find her son missing. Five months later, the police find her son – only it’s the wrong kid, but she’s emotionally battered into taking the fake kid anyway, and then thrown into turmoil when she tries to get the police to start looking for her real son. Experts declare that the titular ‘Changeling’ is her real son, and that she can’t recognise him due to her emotional stress and trauma.
I went and saw this film cold, because I heard it had a clever twist. A twist! I love those things. Plus, the trailer gave no idea what the movie was actually about; it looked a bit of a mystery, with Will Smith’s character being accused of playing ‘god’. I was expecting a sort of clever mystery play. Well it’s a morality piece; it starts off well but then descends into schmaltz and the ending is exceedingly syrupy rather than thoughtful.
Imagine the classic story about a gritty martial arts tournament, where the young hero gets beaten up a fair bit before learning an Important Revelation about himself and his abilities, before coming back to challenge his adversary in a final bout. Now, imagine that concept as a series of interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon, dragging back and forth with an intriguing intensity.
This one wasn’t too bad, actually. It’s essentially teenage girl wish fulfilment, with vampires, as opposed to talking horses, which is what I wanted when I was a teenager (no, wait, I’m recalling a fan-fiction I thankfully never finished where I was the only female bronze dragon rider on all of Pern and ahh… Let’s not mention this ever again…) There are lots of odd angles and close-ups in the movie; the director doesn’t seem to like show people with full foreheads for some reason.