Movies I've recently seen - Journal of Omnifarious
Jul. 26th, 2004
04:07 am - Movies I've recently seen
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?
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.
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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.