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(Film) Batman Begins & War of the Worlds

My internet connection is playing up (damn dial-up) so this will have to be megaquick.

Saw Batman Begins last night. Def the best of the Batman films to date. Villains were brill, darkness was brill. Wouldn't mind catching it again. School Report: B+

Saw War of the Worlds this morning. Enjoyed it although not 100% what I was expecting. I would still have preferred a proper adaptation of the Victorian novel but the special effects were fantastic and I loved the Tripods and destruction scenes :p I should be heading back and seeing this again in a couple of weeks once Sarah gets back from Holland as she also wants to catch it. It'll be good seeing it a second time I reckon. School Report: B

Also saw the trailer for King Kong on the 'big screen' before War of the Worlds. I enjoyed the trailer on the computer screen but seeing it 'up large' makes me even more keen on catching it when it comes out in December. Which is strange as I wasn't originally enthusing about it when jackson announced it as his follow-up to LotR. Also seen the trailer for 'The Island' a couple of times now and reckon that'll see me making my way to my local multiplex when it screens over here.


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Jul. 1st, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
There's a proper War of the Worlds adaptation due out this year too.
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw the trailer for that one last year and, unfortunately, wasn't very impressed. I reckon it'll get an incredibly limited release so the best chance of catching it will eventually be when it's released on DVD. I'll certainly be picking it up to give it a try though.
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Is David Essex in it?

'You know where? ....Undergraaaand'
Jul. 1st, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
It's out already on DVD, and apparently it's a big steaming heap. The pictures from it aren't promising, all the dialogue has one person in it at a time, like a computer game, and there's only four extras who get recycled throughout.
That said it's a $50k movie so what do you expect.

Sadly it fell foul of copyright laws in Britain and thus hasn't had a British distributor, thus you'll probably have to import the DVD if you're really bothered.
Jul. 2nd, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
Which copyright laws did it fall foul of? War of the Worlds is now in the public domain, along with a number of his other works....??
Jul. 2nd, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
I have no idea, but apparently it did.
That said the producers tried to initially claim it had a multi-million dollar budget when in fact the figure was a hell of a lot lower than that. So chances are this is a crock as well.
And a brief search of Amazon shows that this is indeed rubbish, for you can rent it from them.
Go here if you want to see more.
Jul. 5th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
There's also word of the new Jeff Wayne film, an animation that uses his musical as the backdrop. Not too sure how well it's going to work.

As for the new film, got to be said that I loved it, but then I took my son and little sister, both of whom sat there the entire film gripped with fear, so I suppose it was much easier for me to empathise with the main character who also had two small people with him :) The tension level was up, and the effects were nothing less than what I expect from spielberg, but the direction was also fantastic, not too long on each scene, just enough to set the scene, then move on without too long a pause.

The thing for me about the film was the way it _was_ an extermination, there was no chance that mankind would win, none at all, and unlike independance day (Vwap), there was the personal element to it, it was obvious that they were there to deal with it themselves rather than just nuke the site from orbit, which always makes it a better thing.
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