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Movies I've recently seen - Journal of Omnifarious

Jul. 26th, 2004

04:07 am - Movies I've recently seen

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I've seen a couple of movies recently, and I've decided to grace anybody who cares to read with my definitive opinion of them. :-)

I, Robot

Frankly, I was expecting this movie to be an awful travesty. The trailers made it look like Assimov's 3 laws had been completely ignored. They are the whole basis of his robot stories, his attempt at a workable system of ethics. It was quite distressing to think of a movie named after one of his stories that ignored them.

Boy, was I wrong. Yeah, the movie is an action movie, while Isaac Assimov's books are mostly slow-placed things where the plot is primarily driven by conflicting ideas. But the movie remained true to the spirit. It's a movie that I think did a lot of justice to the idea of the 3 laws, and it was much better than I expected. It was certainly better at holding the spirit than Starship Troopers was.

I have to wonder at the marketing. Did the company that made the movie decide that the marketing should be lowest-common-denominator while trusting that word-of-mouth would eventually spread how good the movie actually was throughout the geek community? Or were the marketers just utterly clueless as to why Isaac Assimov is worth paying attention to?

Arthur

Worse than I expected. A bad script and mediocre acting. If either of those two had been decent, they could probably have rescued the story from the weird notion of combined male/female armies among the native people of Britain at the time, and a warrior princess Guinevere. But, they weren't decent, and so they didn't.

Stepford Wives

A pretty good movie. It felt a bit dumbed down from what it could've been because a lot of the ideas in it were complex and had a lot of depth. But overall pretty good. I found one glaring flaw in it though that almost, but not quite ruined it for me. But, I think revealing the flaw would be a spoiler, so I won't. But I do have a spoiler section after this that's clearly marked.


==== WARNING: Minor spoilers below this point ====

The Stepford Wives in most of the movie act like robots. They do things in very inhuman ways, and do things that a human really couldn't do. But in the end, it's revealed that they are all still human, just with their minds controlled and some parts of their bodies replaced with bionic equivalents. This doesn't really fit with their behavior in the rest of the movie, and was kind of a jarring inconsistency for me.

The scene in which the main character and her spouse descend into the chamber where she will be made into a Stepford Wife is fantastic. You can just see her expression of "If this is what it you want, I love you and I will do this for you." all over her face. It's a beautiful and scary illustration of the power love has, and it makes the rest of the movie so much more believable.

maatnofret likes talking about how much Alan Rickman can convey with just a facial expression. I now put Nicole Kidman in the same class.

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:July 26th, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:July 26th, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)

Re: I Robot U Jane

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I wasn't against the movie because they made a story wasn't one that I knew Assimov to have written. I was against it because I thought they'd just tossed the concept of the 3 laws out the window. They haven't. It's actually pretty good. They still mess with the idea of the 3 laws some. But, they don't break it.

They also messed with Susan Calvin's character a bit though. That's mildly annoying, but not horrible.

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From:elizabetta1
Date:July 26th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
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OOO this is good, I prefer to watch movies others recommend~LOL~ Saves me from seeing bad movies~
I just saw Star Wars 1 and 2...it's about time don't ya think Omni? LOL
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From:mystic_savage
Date:July 26th, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)

SPOILER: Stepford Wives

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SPOILER FOR STEPFORD WIVES:
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I loved the movie, but the flaw you point out was pretty bothersome. Particularly since they've bothered to build replicas of the women, then apparently don't use them. Huh? I figure the flaws are what's left over after they've taken a 1970's movie, then rewritten the script a couple of times, then handed it to a screenwriter who radically changed the ending, then handed it off to a script doctor who had to add in the Microsoft/AOL jokes. Seemed like a case of too many cooks spoiling the stew--but it was still great fun.
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From:pleasant_muse
Date:July 26th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
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The fact that Arthur fell under the "Political Correct" bodyslam, pretty much proves that the people behind the movie are not going far in the industry.

Yes, Guin as a warrior-princess type: Who thought that up? She was a LADY at the time, and LADIES do not go all leather like that. No, that was a desperate attempt to draw in a male audience, perhaps because the director realised that the rest of the film was crap.

I would have expected some historical accuracy, or at least an admission that some artistic license was taken, but this seems to be in violation of all that's sane.

I, Robot was a good, movie, though. Fast-paced adventure as opposed to the book, but still very good.

Will Smith is one of the few black actors who actually act like a decent human being, while many others choose to act like bufoons. I expect Will to achieve many great things in the future.
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