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Posted on 5/09/10 11:15 PM
After freshly watching the series, I went straight to this film. To put it simple, I was doing a David Lynch marathon, with the only two films I have yet to seen at the time of writing this review is Dune and Inland Empire. I love just about all of Lynch's films, and this didn't change when I watched Twin Peaks for the first time three days ago.
I absolutely loved Twin Peaks. After the mystery of Laura Palmer was solved, however, the series did end up with a few flawed character developments and scenarios that shouldn't have been written into the show in the first place, and what's worse is that there is no resolution to it. And when I heard this film was both a prologue and an epilogue I did, indeed, expect a resolution to the series in some form or another. I was sorely disappointed that it wasn't, but I was more disappointed in how this was a poorly written and directed film.
Everything about this film is disappointing. There are "moments," like when Laura enters the club you get quite a heartrending moment that makes you sympathize with the character; but the whole film pretty clearly establishes that Laura Palmer is a character who didn't warrant the hype she got in the series.
Laura's lack of likability isn't the main problem with this film. The main problem with this film is how it treats the established characters and mythos of the series. All of the central characters that were in the show, with the exception of Dale Cooper, acted completely different than you would think. Donna, for example, would've never joined in with Laura's wild ways, and it was the moment when one of those goons was kissing her breast that I realized that this film has no idea what series it's supposed to be about.
Leading onto this, I also noticed that Leeland was portrayed as an abusive father in this, Bobby as someone who snorts cocaine and kills dealers, and James as someone who smiled when he got slapped taunting Laura in the process. These characters were completely out of character, and it made me wonder how in the world the same writers that worked on Twin Peaks went on to make this. I also noticed that Ben Horne's inclusion in Laura's life was completely ignored in this, along with her and Ronette Pulaski's trip to One Eyed Jacks. I think once I realized that all of the characters were mischaracterized is when I began to truly hate this movie, but it didn't seal the deal till the end.
The end shown what "truly" happened at Laura Palmer's death, and it was completely different than what actually happened in the show (or, what was implied to happen). For one, it was missing the breaking of the chip from One Eyed Jacks, the inclusion of "Fire, Walk With Me" written in blood, the fact that Bob was accomplices with Leo and Jacques Renault, any reason to why one-armed Mike is at the scene in the first place. The whole murder scene was a pure mess, and destroyed the established backstory that was presented in the series previously.
What's even worse, when Laura ended up in the Red Room with Dale, it implied that the "normal" Dale was in the Lodge. There is multiple problems with this, considering the end of the series seems to suggest Dale returned in his form only taken over by Bob, yet Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me implies that it was his "evil" side that was seen in the Lodge on the last episode.
Maybe I'm too much of a fan of the series, but I really hated almost everything about this film aside from a few good scenes. This is, by far, the worst David Lynch I've seen yet and I was massively disappointed. I knew the film was panned by critics, and I was expecting it to be at least decent because of comments of, "People don't like it because they don't know what the series is about." But I watched the series before I watched this, and I loved the series; and that's why I hate this movie.
Posted on 10/29/09 03:35 AM
Wow, this movie is excellent. You know how every summer there's always those big "budget" action films with loads of action and shit like that? Well, this is the zenith of that generation. In particular, this decade that the movie Armageddon started.
I never really thought much of Mel Gibson's directing. He's only made four films: the first I haven't seen...and of course Braveheart is just a classic, but I really never liked the Passion. It isn't whether I believe the events that the Passion is showing, but it really kind of made like this otherwise mythical and supernatural story into something that fools audiences that is real. To portray Jesus like that is missing the point of the stories told about him in my humble, atheist opinion. So really, Mel Gibson so far has only made one movie that has really left an impact on me.
Till I saw this, this really has convinced me that Mel Gibson has a real potential, great directing and writing career ahead of him. For a man that has starred in so many awful, to great films, it's kind of dumbfounding how he actually has talent in this subject manner. And considering how ridiculous the man himself is, it's almost like Charles Manson's music career: He does quite a good job at it.
A lot of people critique the film's lack of expressing more of the better sides of the Mayan civilization, but I think people are missing the point. This movie isn't really about the Mayan civilization, it's completely through the eyes of the protagonist and the consequences of superstitious deeds. Visually, however, it gets the Mayans spot on. You KNOW this is the Mayan civilization, whether it's accurate or not, this is culturally flourishing with Mayan civilization, and Gibson seems to make sure that the movie is visually stunning right down to the cinematography to the small details on the characters' clothing.
That's really the best way I can describe this. This film is ultimately not very deep. There isn't that much characterization in the sense that something would have QUALITY characterization, but rather it really focuses on character developments the most. As I said, this film is just a pure thriller action film, however in that lacking element, the other elements the film really excels in.
There is one other complaint, mainly about the end, when the two warriors were chasing Panther Claw down, and all of a sudden, these Spaniards come. I'm aware that it's trying to be accurate in a lot of matters, and it isn't the actual Spaniards that ruin that moment, it's the fact that their presence act as a scapegoat for those two guys to stop chasing our protagonist. I really didn't care for it, but the moment kind of redeemed itself when he was traveling with his family and they talk about the Spaniards, only to suggest to move on. Many people take the Spaniards as Gibson's way of saying, "Look, these people need SAVING." which could be true. It IS Gibson, but I feel it really was foreshadowing than anything, and it really is up to interpretation. The characters didn't even gain hope from these visitors, but rather, they moved on. There was only subtle ambiguity, not subtle conversion.
Overall this is an excellent movie, probably the best of his filmography.
Posted on 10/21/09 03:53 AM
How I want to review this: "This movie is really fucking funny. It's probably one of the most amusing movies I've seen."
But really I think I need to delve deeper into this subject, mainly because of the hype it gets from fans.
To be honest, when I first saw this movie, it was merely in random clips, and I was always, "Wow, this is deep, man." you know, what this movie is usually hyped to be? Yeah, I've said that for years without actually completely sitting down and watching the film.
So I finally did, and I was pretty wrong.
For one, the story is rather typical for what it is. What is with ancient Egypt and it being the civilization of the deep and meaningful? I blame Yu-Gi-Oh, Stargate, and humanity's obsession with the "mysterious" pyramids. Anyway, the movie's plot is ultimately about the battle between Good...and Evil. That's pretty much THE plot of the movie and it never really develops or get more interesting than that.
However what makes this movie interesting is the visual design. I can see how Moebius affected the design of this film by quite alot. This movie is practically...Moebius: The Movie! The movie really defines Moebius in motion. But just ignoring that and taking it on a perspective of someone who wouldn't know what Moebius is, the world in general is just very uniquely designed, and quite funny. It's kind of like Futurama done previously and, quite frankly, right. It really is an amusingly cesspool of environment factors.
The characters aren't really that interesting; at least the main ones. The movie focuses on Korben, a rather pathetic and lonely taxi driver who bumps into "The Fifth Element" Lilu, in which he falls in love at first sight of the women. Bruce Willis has some really good action scenes later on, but for the most part he really didn't pull off his best performance compared to movies like Unbreakable and Pulp Fiction. It was decent, but it doesn't hold up well to his more serious roles.
And then...there's Lilu, the deus-ex machina and apparently the MOST ATTRACTIVE FEMALE CRAFTED BY GOD'S HANDS, is kind of interesting, but the movie really doesn't develop her that much compared to Bruce's character. I was cheering for her at the end though and kind of worried she was dead. That's really about all I can see about the two central characters of this movie. The side characters, however, are much more interesting, it's unforunate they're mainly there for plot developments.
Going back to what I said earlier, this movie really isn't very deep at all. I mean yeah it does have some really good and cool imagery/nods, but this movie in general doesn't define what deep cinematography really is to me. The only reason why I'm giving this movie such a high score is because of how ridiculously amusing it is. I loved every minute of it, if I didn't I wouldn't have any sort of right to give this movie a score at all. This movie is truly a movie just to watch for fun, rather than to overthink something that isn't there.
The only thing that angers me is that there's no continuation of it at all, or an Expanded Universe! I'd love to see a TV series in the vein of the Stargate spinoff TV series, which happen to exceed the movie itself.
Posted on 10/18/09 08:05 PM
This movie is bad, very bad, one of my most disliked...hated movies. It has some of the worst characterization in any film I've ever seen, and as a big fan of the series this really didn't satisfy me at all. The fights are okay, but okay fights aren't great or amazing fights.
Toshiki Inoue really outdoes himself by making something worse than Kamen Rider Faiz, and Kiva - which comes AFTER this movie and it's sequel - but still in retrospect this movie is really bad compared to all of the shit he's written.
The characters are ridiculously badly acted and stale, even the acting in Star Wars Episode II is really a lot better than this, and I often refer to Episode II as the zenith of bad acting in community discussions, but in reality it's this movie.
This movie is practically everything negative about the modern Japanese movie industry in the form of one film. That's really the best way to describe this film. Not only does it take previous material and adapts it into something completely different than the source material worse the Dragonball: Evolution did, but the thing they've changed, the story, isn't good at all. I cannot stress how much how awful the story was turned into compared to the original source material of both the manga and the original Kamen Rider series.
This movie really feels like at times the main meat of it is the fighting, mainly due to how the fanbase has emphasized the fact that the fights are "cool." However they're really ignoring the parts where the plot begins to progress, and that makes up the MAJORITY of the time spent in this movie.
This movie is a love triangle story. Very basic, clean plot, nothing wrong with that. It also has a subplot, about two lovers in a hospital whining about how life took a shit on them, and they turn into kaijin later. The subplot was actually a lot more entertaining than the main plot, but it was really a badly paced, random, and the dialogue was still awful.
The main plot is like if you shot ten suns down alongside it, where the plot is just embroiled into this awful pit of heated mass; and that isn't even close to being my opinion. I wish it was my opinion, because at least an opinion can be debated with others and discussed about. This movie is legitimately like that whether you actually enjoyed it or not, mainly because of how the plot is portrayed, expressed through the characterization of Hongo, Ichimonji, and the girl they love and the actual direction the movie went in, is just awful.
I know this is really a review to vent out my feelings...but my god I wish someone out there would watch this movie and feel the exact same way I did.
Kind of wish The Next was also on Rotten Tomatoes, because I can really go on about that one, it's even worse than this film.
Posted on 10/18/09 08:00 PM
Like being castrated, except it's a film. The equivalent to describing one's first experience with Delgo would be to describe how it feels to lose everyone dear to you in an awful trainwreck with a load of newborn babies crushed in between train carts. That's what you get with Delgo.
This film not only deserves the bad press and hatred it gets, but it deserves more, beyond hatred. Delgo is almost a meta-fictional in a lot of ways in how it unintentionally commentates on how badly written and directed a film can be taken to be, or how far it can be taken. Delgo falls on the boundary that doesn't stop on a certain "bad" line, but it's about to fall off from it.
One thing that Delgo has taught us that hatred for film is an art in itself, as Delgo revolutionizes this concept for the first time ever in the history of film. People thought that Transformers 2 did this, but Delgo is the true bearer of this title. It wouldn't be far off to say that Delgo is the "Citizen Kane" of shitty films in a lot of ways.