they took out all of the political and social commentary that was in the book and turned it into a "Brad Pitt saves the world" action flick.
Yeah, that's pretty much what they did. But it is a pretty good "Brad Pitt saves the world" action flick.
Social and political commentary is always taken out of any big-budget movie. It's a matter of aiming for the masses, which means no "message" that is either too meaningful or too complicated, to avoid offending or confusing anyone. I guess that's a social commentary in itself: most people don't want to be bothered to think critically nor be bothered in their preconceived notions. Big budget movies either re-inforce accepted notions or are completely trivial in their messages. It's like the Hunger Games going from a commentary on class warfare to a movie about an extreme reality show (which is, of course, an infinitely simpler and far less interesting issue).
Back on topic, I just saw "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" yesterday. It's a pretty cool / funny movie, but definitely hard to follow at times, which I don't think matters much in this case.
Unfortunately political and social commentary would be lost on the majority of people who want to see Brad Pitt save the world. I and quite a few here, on the other hand, would like to see political and social commentary and Brad Bitt not save the world - in fact - perhaps the world could not save Brad Pitt. I'd pay to see that. :)
Wow, I never knew you guys dislike Brad Pitt that much.
Also, i think Gravity may win some oscars this year :D
Maybe or maybe not.
Saw the movie Hummingbird starting Jason Statham. It was good movie.
I like how Steven Knight wrote the screenplay again but the acting more a bit off but the story is solid.
David Mamet does the same thing but different style.
Finally saw Iron Man 3. I loved Ben Kingley's part but one thing ruined it for me. After learning throughout multiple encounters that these people can pretty much cripple/kill with a touch, why would Stark insist on fighting with his fists instead of just shooting from a safe distance? He can FREAKING FLY for crying out loud.
Yes. I know these are movies based on comic books but since Christopher Nolan decided to treat these stories as the myths of our age (like the Gods of ancient Greece were the myths of that age) and tell them as such, I expected a little better. I guess J J Abram's total lack of logic is starting to infect others.
Saw Ender's Game yesterday. I very much enjoyed it. I liked that it was more than just a good guys vs bad guys movie. Now I can read the book. It was a little odd seeing Ben Kingsley in this role after just seeing him in Iron Man 3.
I don't know if this is the latest trend (I haven't been to the theatre to see a movie in a while) but they had the coming attractions volume set to around 200 db and I had to complain to get them to reduce it to the point where it wasn't painful. My son, as well, had his fingers in his ears. I can't imagine what the battle scenes would have been like if I hadn't complained.
Just saw Gravity in 3D at Imax. Wow! Probably the best use of 3D EVER. The movie itself was pretty good - maybe a bit cliched in parts, but the visuals were amazing. Sandra Bullock is pushing 50. She looks amazing - what a body!