I had the "Privilege" seeing the Poltergeist remake this weekend. As a general rule, I hate horror movies and do everything in my power to avoid them. However, my wife ADORES them, although I'm not sure which she enjoys more: watching the movie or watching ME watch the movie. Regardless, the original Poltergeist was one of her favorites growing up, so as soon as I heard that there was a remake, I knew that I was doomed to see it. Having now seen it, I have some thoughts, which I will now share with you, relatively spoiler free.Read More
After the different approach that I took to the Man of Steel review, I thought I would continue that trend by talking about other movies as I see them. This review is a little late, but after the break we will talk about World War Z, the recent movie based off of the book by Max Brooks.
1) People who hate Zombies
This one is obvious, but I felt like we should go ahead and get this out of the way: World War Z is a zombie movie. In it, Brad Pitt's character and his family suddenly find themselves in the middle of a zombie outbreak. They have to fight their way to survival, and then Brad Pitt gets tasked by the governments remaining to figure out what the heck is going on. If that bit alone turns you off, you might want to skip the rest of the review and the movie as well.
2) People upset that the movie is different than the book
Disclaimer: I have not read the book. My wife has read most of it so any comparisons are based on what she has read.
When this movie first came out, all I heard on the Internet were people talking about how the movie didnt match the book. This is true, but from what I've been told, it would have been hard to make a mass-market movie based on the content in the book. If you were one of the people ticked off at this notion, don't bother seeing the movie. One way or another, your pre-determined mind will find a way to hate it. Now, if you have read the book and are fairly open minded, go see the movie. You'll be pretty well entertained and will spot tons of references that the oblivious person next to you won't get. It's like watching a comic book movie: it's not always the same story you read, but there will be tidbits and Easter eggs that only you will pick up.
3) People that couldn't stomach The Walking Dead (also, small children)
This movie is intense. It's rated PG-13, but there some R rated horror movies that are not as freaky as this movie. Unlike the walking dead, there isn't as much graphic detail shown, but what is shown and the shots used will scare the pants off of people who aren't as tolerant of horror movies (i.e. me). Do not bring small children to this movie, as you won't be able to get them to sleep anytime soon. Shoot, I'm 27 and I wanted to wait a couple of hours before going to bed to put some space between myself and the movie.
4) People that don't want to rethink their zombie escape plans
On long car rides, or anytime that we want to kill a few minutes, my wife and I will talk about our plans for surviving the zombie apocalypse. We've thought up scenarios to protect our house, places to avoid if we get caught away from home, etc. Part of the reason I was creeped out was the way they shot the zombies and tried to scare the audience. The other reason was because I knew my wife and I were going to have scrap most of those plans and start over. The way that the movie presents the zombie apocalypse makes you realize more that in an outbreak, you have 2 things to fend off: zombies and other people trying to survive. It brings a whole new perspective to the zombie genre.
5) People that hate a good movie
Hey what do you know? The same people that were on my Man of Steel review. I really liked this movie. As I said above, it brings something new to the zombie genre and I really appreciated that. It is definitely a movie that I will be thinking about for awhile.
Are you one of these people? If not, go check out the movie and let me know what you think.
What? You might be saying to yourself right now, How could someone as big a Batman fan as Chris be disappointed by that movie? Everyone else is talking about how great it is. Come forth, reader, as I explain my mixed feelings on the matter.
In the midst of all the horrible news surrounding Aurora and the shooting (my prayers go out to all the friends and families of the people involved), I decided to go see The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to the Batman trilogy that I have loved so much. Now, before I got into why I was disappointed, let me explain myself a bit. This movie was epic. It was a fitting piece to the Nolan trilogy, tying itself back into the other two movies so seamlessly that it makes me wonder if Christopher Nolan had planned this all along. From a movie goer perspective, I loved this movie. It is the Batman fan in me that is conflicted.
For three hours, I sat and watched, both curious and anxious as to how Christopher Nolan was going to end his tale on Batman. Afterwards, when it was all said and done, I felt....conflicted. It was a very weird feeling, as I could not completely explain why I felt the way that I did. To put it into perspective, when I saw Batman Begins for the first time, I was so completely amazed and excited. I couldn't stop talking about it for weeks.
For The Dark Knight, I was still amazed/excited about the movie, but for different reasons. Mainly, I was very much impressed with Heath Ledger's Joker. In fact, I think part of my disappointment with The Dark Knight Rises stems from the fact that we will never get the conclusion that was supposed to happen: the conclusion where Batman and the Joker face each other for the final time. The Joker storyline in The Dark Knight was left open, but because of the death of Heath Ledger we will never know what the 3rd Batman movie would had been like if he had been in it.
To me, my biggest letdown was the ending. I am not going to spoil anything, but I enjoyed the way that the movie set up Batman with obsticles that he had to rise above - I just didn't like the fact that these obsticles led to the conclusion that we got. Honestly, I spent a long time trying to think of what I would have done in Nolan's place. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that the end of the movie should be chopped off and we needed a fourth Batman movie.
It was at this point I realized why I was disappointed by The Dark Knight Rises: a series that I had come to love was over. The conflicting feelings that I had were the same as when my favorite TV shows come to a finale - you may enjoy the ending, but you hate the fact that its over. Now that I have figured this out, I want to go see the movie again and just enjoy it for what it is. Actually, what I really want to do now is watch all three movies back to back and take in the movies as a trilogy and see how I feel then.
Bottom Line: Go see the movie. It is a very good movie; and I want to know what you think. Am I off base here? Did you feel any differently? Let me know.