Ok, this isn’t really quite a 4, but c’mon: steampunk vampires that, on top of it, run the church? Definitely a little different. And, while it doesn’t quite rise to the level it intends or tries to, there are some great bits of subtext and political slams going on and Steampunk Vampiresg Yeah, we really liked the design on this one.
Despite the trademark Jackson visual magic and direction, the soul of this film seems to be mising, even though it is narrated by a dead girl. Perhaps if I’d read the book I would be more or less enthused (depending).
Let’s start with what this ISN’T. Despite the title, it isn’t an Omen-like horror film and it isn’t remotely like Kingdom or amsuing in the least. It IS something between a “call to arms” and “a cautionary tale,” depending on how you veiw it. Or both. From the beginning it is quite in your face with its subject matter: sex, power, andgender relations. That isn’t apparent till well into the movie, but it is there on reflection. Now either this film is about why professionals should never treat their own family or it is a call to arms for women in general to overthrow male dominance and take an equal, if not dominant, standing of their own (or bothg). Ultimately, this is a beautifully filmed, creepy, taught psycho-sociological drama with moments that will make you cover your eyes… they’re just too real. It is effective, if a slight head-scratcher in some ways. It also provided me with my best reason yet for never going camping!
OK, yes, more of the same of the original, but that is saying something. Good movie? No, not really, but rip roaring fun and jaw-dropping stunts and fighting. Viewed as extreme dance, way cool. Definitely done with more money than B13 was, but it didn’t lose itself in that trap, using the $$s to improve film quality and the occasionl prop and site rental. Not for everyone, but if you love Jackie Chan for the choreography, you’ll love this.
Gilliam’s best in years capturing all the whimsy and outrageousness he is capable of, while still keeping a story going and grounded. Add to all of this Ledger’s last performance and the extraordinary solutions to work around his loss and we were sold. Admittedly, Gilliam is an acquired taste, but we’ve loved this flavor for years.
Yeah, you’re right, this should have sucked, but it didn’t. Mostly due to Seyfried’s performance and Cody’s improbable but engaging Whedon-esque dialogue and plot. Is it brilliant? No. But we’d watch it again, which is our bar for 4 stars. If you like teen horror flicks, but want something with more, um, teeth, you’d like this one.
At the risk of a badly selected metaphor, this wonderful animation is a fish out of water. In an era of 3D rendering, I understand why kids really didn’t get the wonder. While, as always, you can debate the value and pace of the story (the prince really does change for no apparent reason), the art and music, and even most of the humor, are worth the watch.