Monday, July 09, 2012

Winner Navy Rules! And John Carter

Rissa8 - you are our winner! Thanks for coming by and commenting, please email me at molly @ molly - okeefe dot com with your address and we will get your book in the mail to you!!

Quick side note - I saw John Carter this weekend. There were so many ticks in the win column for this movie - Taylor Kitsch, directed by Pixar genius Andrew Stanton, screenplay (I think, fixed in part?) by one of my favorite writers Micheal Chabon. But so strange that all of those wins didn't manifest into something huge.

I think there were a few things working against it - people went into that movie expecting sci-fi lite. And got Sci-fi old skool. That initial whiplash can be back breaking. Parts of it seemed silly in the way old skool sci-fi can seem silly: long monologs, by the ambiguous bad guys, herky-jerky set up, very complicated world building that required a lot of explanation in a couple of key parts. And I think Stanton and Chabon, confessed genre nerds, loved those aspects and perhaps couldn't see past them to the audience reaction.

I wanted to love it, didn't, but still enjoyed it.

2 comments:

Maureen McGowan said...

It's been a while since I saw this movie... but I remember having that same "liked" not "loved" feeling.

It got so much hype/promotion, I can't help but wonder if it would have found its audience better without all the super high expectations...

Sinead M said...

There was some really clunker moments in the script, but I liked the look of it and Taylor, it just needed more chemistry and more humour.

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