Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bland Mel

Got a chance to watch Mel Gibson's APOCALYPTO yesterday and found the film to be pretty damn bland for a super expensive artistic venture! Bland in the sense that the film never went anywhere or showed me anything that I had not seen before.

I really did not have a strong desire to see the film until I caught a documentary about the Mayan culture - the violence and truthfully disgusting ways of their daily lives fascinated me. So I threw the film on the queue for Netflix - fired it up... and got a long film that dips into DANCES WITH WOLVES elements while trying to fake like it is teaching you something new.

Gibson tries to put his artistic mind forward - he starts off with an intriguing tracking shot - yet it's final goal shows the emptiness of the film. The gore - the unbalanced handling of storytelling... none of it really works.

The chase is fun - that's about it... oh, and the jaguar looks really really fake (which is funny - I thought I was watching SAVING SILVERMAN for a moment!).

Tonight is TRANSFORMERS - I am ready to check my brain at the door and try to enjoy the film for what it is - I will let you know next week how it went.

Finally, HBO is airing the entire BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy in HD on Wednesday!!! I am recording and will settle in for 6 hours of pure cinematic pleasure - yes, I am that guy who loves all three films.




Sheriff Officer Greg the Bunny said...

Counting the days to our DM trip and 1080p heaven.


Damfino said...

I will keep it on the DVR for you when you guys come down!! We can settle in and let Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd time travel all over us!!

Um... that sounded weird.