Two movie “reviews” for the price of none.
Non-spoilery comments on War of the Worlds: I know some people have chosen not to see this because of Tom’s recent behavior but, it is a testament to his acting that you can’t picture that guy who’s been all over the press lately in Ray (his caracter’s name in this flick). So, yeah, still impressed with his talent. Same kudos go to Dakota – I’ve always loved her and she continues to blow my socks off. I was ready to smack her a few times during the movie when she was freaking out but it wasn’t because she was doing it badly. Just the opposite – it was realistic freaking out and it was freaking me out.
Effects, sound, imagery was all fanastic – as expected from Mr. Spielberg. I had some problems with some things in the story (see the spoilery section below) but they weren’t intrusive enough to ruin the movie for me. The time seemed to fly and, despite the full theater, I only noticed the people around me once or twice. And? This is definitely one of those movies you should see on the big screen.
I also had a hard time believing that the viruses worked so quickly on the aliens. I get the message but it seems like it would take a little longer to get them sick. Plus, I was a little confused as to how that affected the shield on the tripods. Were the tripods living things seperate from the aliens? If yes, why weren’t they immune – they’d been on Earth, under the ground, for EVER – they’d have already been exposed to the same things as us.
My final complaint, if you can call it that, has to do with Ray’s reaction when he realizes what the dust is that is covering him. There’s that moment where his daughter asks him what it is and he suddenly realizes what’s going on… and snaps out of his shock. Rob thought he did a pretty good job freaking out but I felt we didn’t really see it. I would have been smacking the ashes off of my body like crazy when I realized… ugh! It’s kinda freaking me out just thinking about it. *squirms in her seat*
All that aside, it was a great movie. I love disaster flicks and I’d recommend going to see this one while it’s still in the theaters.
Non-spoilery comments on Batman Begins: Now this movie? Made my weekend. I don’t even know where to start. I love Bale as Bruce Wayne. If they make another one of these, they better bring him back. No one else will ever work for me again. The mix of action with story was just right for me. Plus, there was just the right mix of humor thrown in… instead of making it all one-liners, they were woven in at moments that felt right. And, hey, if you don’t believe me, believe this… M is not a fan of these type of movies and she had no desire to see this one but she LOVED it.
M and K both loved Alfred’s line about Bruce doing push-ups. It was pretty damn funny. I think I loved the splunking humor myself. Hee. And, speaking of splunking, the bat cave stuff was my absolute favorite part of the movie. There are so many ways they could have sucked all the joy out of his establishing Batman’s lair but they didn’t and I love them for it.
I also loved that we saw Alfred remind him that he had to maintain the Bruce Wayne front in order to pull off being Batman. And you know why that warms the cockles of my heart? Because THAT is why Alfred is always so understanding about Bruce’s ways later on… I wanted to see those setups, I needed to see them. So, yay! for my inner fangirl. Damn but I want to see this again so I can catch all the things I missed the first time.
So, all in all, a lovely time was had at the movies this weekend and it’s only Saturday. Oooh, plus, despite us being late to Batman Begins, I still managed to catch the Serenity preview. I can NOT wait!