Posted on 4/05/05 11:29 PM
First and foremost, I want to say that I did enjoy this movie... but I was constantly left with this feeling that something was lacking. Something was holding it back from being GREAT.
Perhaps a problem was that I didn't have enough prior knowledge to watching the movie, because I had to do some research later to find out what meaning or value the beginning and ending of the movie had (see: Josh Hartnett). I believe, to a greater extent this may be true because I had issues with the editing of the film as it lacked an overall feel of cohesiveness.
My favorite scene in the movie felt different from the rest of the movie, and I found out why, and it was a hunch that was proven correct: it was the scene directed by Quentin Tarantino. This makes me wonder how much more I would have enjoyed the movie if, perhaps, the entire thing was directed by him, as I've never been overly big on Robert Rodriguez as a director... but then, again, I'm drawn back to this question of: would it matter? With the utmost dedication to the novels (apparently), would it really have mattered who directed it?
After a (not too) slow start for the first half hour or so, the movie really picked up when Clive Owen made his first appearance. The guy is just too suave and can fit into any role (even the abominable King Arthur) and bring a different aura to the film.
I wanted to love this movie a lot more, and perhaps that was a problem: I had extremely high expectation for it. It was good, perhaps a little bit better than that... but there was a little something holding it back from being GREAT.
Posted on 3/30/05 09:14 PM
A movie completely devoid of any heart or soul, the excellent visuals just aren't enough to pull this out from the scrapland of mediocrity.
I had a bad feeling about this movie at the very beginning because you can't tell whether it's taking itself seriously or not. Obviously, it is aimed at children, but when we see something like... oh, say, a top five movie like the Incredibles, it just isn't up to snuff.
Over-the-top stupidity looking for cheap laughs that ranges anywhere from the male robots "wearing" female robots "garment," fart jokes and a slew of innuendos, there's just no form of approval that can be given.