davegodfrey: Cyberman: The Future is Shiny (Shiny)

So. Star Trek Into Darkness. Was a film. In which things happened.

And I really can't say much more about what happened in it and my reaction to it without spoilers. Although I'll note that it has exactly the same problem as the last Trek film had- it really doesn't spend enough time establishing the character of the villain. He's there as an anatagonist, but you never really get to know his motivations, which is a real shame, because Cumberbatch is a great actor, and is clearly having a great time running, jumping, and shooting guns.

So don't click on the cut unless you've seen it, Or Iron Man 3. Because I'll be spoiling that too.

I mean it )

Grr.

Jun. 29th, 2009 05:15 pm
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I'd quite like to see Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, because a film about giant robots smashing the crap out of each other sounds like it should be an awful lot of fun. I don't have to worry about complex plot twists, I don't have to worry about following the dialogue minutely, it should be a perfect summer movie. Don't get me wrong I love cerebral films with character depth, and plot-twists galore, just not when its too hot to think. Sometimes its nice to just switch my brain off and enjoy the explosions for a couple of hours.

And then I read reviews like this, this and this. And I wonder if I should bother. I should, of course, have expected this. The first one had problems with objectification of women and racial stereotypes, so I'm not sure why I thought the new one would be any different.

Its sad really, this is 2009, not 1959. I can excuse this kind of thing in the 50's B-movies I love, because they're a product of their time, made before the Civil Rights movement, Women's Lib, and Stonewall. I should feel guilty for wanting to see it because its big, brash, and dumb. Not because its an example of some of the worst aspects of Hollywood's continuing attitudes to race.
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If you haven't seen it yet, go and see 300. Now. What do you mean it's quarter-past twelve at night?

So I saw it with [personal profile] innerbrat and [profile] steely_glint and Duncan. Much fun was had (especially with the lashings of homoeroticism.)

This film is probably the most violent 15 I've ever seen. Limbs everywhere, blood all over the floor. walls made of corpses and that's before you get to the War Rhino. Some people don't like the film on the grounds that its historically inaccurate- they're using the wrong kind of spear, no-one has ever used rhino's in combat (or at least bothered to write down the results), and that Xerxes wasn't a seven foot bling fetishist with a crush on buff beardy men. To them I say the following:-


If the film inspires someone to read Herodotus or the Illiad, and study ancient history then I think that's far more important than arguments about (in the words of the director) a "graphic novel movie about a bunch of guys...stomping the snot out of each other". Given the target audience I suspect it won't, which is a pity.

If anyone is interested in the history of Thermopylae then they could do much worse than start with In Our Time's erudite discussion of the events before and after.

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