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(Film) The Mist

Just got back from the midnight showing of The Mist, which has only just been released here in the UK despite being released last September in the States! It seems like it won't be on for long either as the local cinema had two showings this week 11.40pm Friday and Saturday night!

Anyway, daver2323 suggested it so he, crookedmonkey, dredd_bob and myself headed through the late night mean streets of Finchley (ahem) to watch the film.

Now before I go into the film I'd just like to say that I generally am not a fan of Stephen King - his books nor the film/tv adaptations based upon them. Sure there's been one or two over the years (The Green Mile is a fantastic film) but generallly, no. The Mist is based upon one of his novels so I wasn't sure although the Director, Frank Darabont, was also the man behind The Green Mile so worth a shot I guess.

Damn right it was worth a shot.

I think The Mist may be the best film I've seen all year at the cinema so far. I'm going to sleep on that but my current top two are Iron Man and Cloverfield and The Mist certainly beats Cloverfield for me and is giving Iron Man a good run for its money.

I loved it. The creatures were awesome and the film was eerie. Certainly beat the lacklustre 'Hancock' that dredd_bob, larva and myself saw this morning.

Dave and me (geeks as we are) spoke about what roleplaying game it'd be - he reckoned Cthulhu "The Stars Are Right". I reckoned Torg, with the film being the initial cosm-invasion.

I won't say much more about it right now (especially as it's now almost 3am and I have to be up in 6 hours to get ready to go and see Kung Fu Panda with the guys - yes, this weekend is fairly cinema-heavy) but the other thing that impressed all of us was the incredibly bleak ending. It's great to see the rare bleak endings that American films seem so adverse to providing us.

Brilliant movie.

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synabetic
Jul. 6th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
I completely agree on The Mist. I loved it... one of the best films I've seen in years.

And I thought the ending was excellent.
angusabranson
Jul. 6th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
It even surpassed the 'Children of Men' ending for bleakness.

Fantastic :)
synabetic
Jul. 6th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah.

Though I feel Children of Men is a better movie overall (the fact it didn't get an Oscar still pisses me off), The Mist hit home with me more (as I have a family).

where I can see why films I enjoy (like Sunshine) are maligned and disliked, I simply don't get the complaints on The Mist. I feel it was an incredibly strong movie and I even watched it -again-. Yeah, I thought it was -that- good...
weaselbitch
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Ooh! Sounds like one I really must see!
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angusabranson
Jul. 6th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Hancock: Worth the Big Screen of DVD
Hmmm... tricky.

I think it'd work just as well watching it on DVD as it does on the big screen. It's quite a film of two parts - the first hour is one film and the second half goes off on a different tangent.

I didn't think it was a 'bad' film - just that it lacked something. The idea behind it was pretty good and not one that comes up in the 'traditional' superhero film (and I'm talking about the origins story as opposed to the alcoholic loser superhuman aspect - although that was good too).

I think where it failed me most was I went in expecting more of a superhero action film - and in many aspects that is what Hancock is not. Plus some of the acting (mainly the person who becomes the main criminal antagonist) was fairly ropey.

I guess I went in with high expectations, which is nearly always a bad thing for me when I go to the cinema.

Hancock is worth watching, but I'd probably opt for the dvd. I'm not sure I'd say there were any moments that required a full size cinema screen to maximise the effect.
karohemd
Jul. 6th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
The Mist was very very harsh but met with mixed reactions in our group at the Fantastic Films Weekend where we got to see it as a sneak preview.
I'm not sure if it rates among the best films but I liked it. The CGI tentacles were a bit ropey but the atmosphere was good and it was well acted, too. The photography with lots of very shallow depth of field (probably the strongest and widespread use of that technique I remember seeing in any film) worked really well in the dialogue scenes. The ending was harsh (and different from the novella, where it ends earlier but approved by King) which left me with a feeling of unease as I left the cinema, as a good horror film should be.
As far as I can remember, it was rather faithful to the original story but I need to dig out Skeleton Crew when I'm home and reread it, it's been over 20 years since I read it.
goldmoonrj
Jul. 7th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
I haven't seen The Mist yet, but one of my friends - who works for Empire magazine - has the DVD and said it contains a "director's version" all in black and white, which is even better than the version showing at the cinema. I'll tell you what I think once I've watched it! :)
monkey_ols
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
As much as liked 'The Mist' I really disliked the ending, as I thought it smacked of being a contrived bleak ending. Had Darabont stopped a few minutes earlier, I felt the ending would have been equally as bleak without the contrividness (is that a real word? doubt it).
I'd go into more details about what I disliked, but don't want to be a 'Spoiler Monkey'.
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