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Another addition in the so so series of warring vamps and lycans is pretty much like all of the other movies in the franchise. Its average, lots of action, it moves at a decent pace, the CGI is ropey, the 3-D only 'appears' around the half hour mark and disappears again (its on par with Clash of the Titans for me with having the worst excuse of 3-D I've ever seen) and you feel like it's adding nothing new to the genre whatsoever. Still Beckinsale is stunning and who can't enjoy the comedy element of the main plot point character looking like a cross between Linda Blair in The Exorcist and a blue Hulk? If you are undecided about this movie its one I'd wait for DVD for. The 3-D was frankly a disgrace and not worth paying for and on the whole an underwhelming experience but entertaining if you are in the mood for a brainless action flick.
Not as funny as I expected and the violence in it is a bit extreme but that is sorta the point of the movie really. The movie does sort of suggest that you gotta be a bit dumb to skate around a lot smacking a puck and beat other people up as a form of entertainment. Seann William Scott's character takes it to the extreme. He's a loveable idiot with a heart of gold, thunderous fists and a heavyweight boxers chin. Scott makes the movie work and his performance is strangely touching amongst the madness that takes place on the ice and in the dressing room. Jay Baruchel as Scott's best mate is irritating but that is balanced off with the chemistry that Scott has win Alison Pill's character. Their romance is believable and is the rock on which the story built upon. Liev Schreiber is great as the man mountain of the hockey league that has spent his entire career being an ice hockey enforcer (or Goon) and the inevitable face off at the end is a real bone-crushing fight and not for the faint hearted. Also if you get sqeamish at the though of being hit full pelt in the face by an ice hockey puck (which is more than likely to take your teeth out in real life) DO NOT watch this movie! It wasn't what I expected from a Seann William Scott movie and for once I think it was better for it, it wasn't completely dumb, tugged at the heart strings a bit, turned the stomach a bit and basically left me thinking, a fancy a beer and a pizza after watching this at the flicks! Can't say fairer than that.
Love Gilliam. Can see his promise all over this movie but it misses more than it hits in all honesty. It has all over Gilliam/Monty Python's madcap brilliance, quirky characters, extreme close ups, unusal camera angles, comedic gore, grotty medieval setting, top costumes, a naive looking Michael Palin and ace jokes. The knights playing hide and seek was genius. A lot of the jokes and characters arc's are done better in other movies (even Python's other movies - boy pulled into a great adventure that he really doesn't belong in - Life of Brian anybody?) the majority of the jokes just aren't funny (but when they are they are top notch) and the Jabberwocky at the end looks laughably bad now. Just watch it's wobbly feet! Glad I've seen it but it's definitely one of the poorer Gilliam/Python efforts.