Christmas on Mars Reviews
Ideal para: Inception no es la realizaciĆ³n de sus sueĆ±os.
I get the impression that with a lot of the Lips later (and better) era music, that Wayne mostly provides the artistic vision and wackiness and it's actually Steven Drozd who is mostly responsible for the masterful compositions. I felt that's what this film needed too. It's so full of brilliant and surreal ideas, but the execution is so amateurish that I just wish a more experienced director/scriptwriter had taken a bit of control off our main man Wayne. Some of the dialogue really is that bad that it becomes painful to watch. Characters repeat the same lines over again, all the freaking time with over-exaggerated pauses that may have worked to heighten the surreal atmosphere in a David Lynch movie, but here it just gets irritating.
The first section of the film especially has a lot of attempts to make poignant statements about our place in the universe ("He's contemplating the cosmic reality. It's a real motherfucker!") that fail to resonate. It's the kind of stuff that would seem brilliant in one their songs, but doesn't translate to the script.
I loved the trippy ocassional use of hyper-colour and ominous sound (the shots of inside the contraptions where the crew would put their hands were awesome), and I'm really happy that I finally got to see the finished product ... I just think it could have been a lot more. Sure, we've been told that it's basically just a home movie, but even just improving the script could have made it something much more.
NOTE: I did watch this with a bunch of friends who were fairly cynical. Perhaps a solo viewing will give me a different perspective.
but it just tried to turn itself into a funny off-beat comedy with some stupid-ass sub plot about some totally fake looking martian; and a full metal jacket type military guy yelling at him for wanting to dress up like Santa Clause? or something? Yeah, it just missed what it what trying to accomplish, I guess.
Strange but amazing!