movie news and plans

Have you ever written a post and then wondered why you haven't had any comments on it, only to discover that you forgot to hit the "Publish" button and it's been sitting as a draft for a whole day?

Yeah, me neither.


Before I start on movies, let me plug Stevie One. The beginning of Part Three has been posted here.


I just saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the Hollywood version). I enjoyed it, but I was never involved in it. I just watched it and ticked off the things which were done differently compared to the original, and compared to the book. Some of the choices were (IMHO) good decisions. Some were not. Other than that, the credit sequence is really great.

The biggest problem for me was the casting. Rooney Mara is good as Lisbeth Salander, but Noomi Rapace has already drilled her way into my brain, and I don't need another Salander any more than I need another Ethan Edwards, Tracy Lord, Atticus Finch, or Charles Foster Kane.

The surprise was how much I missed Michael Nykvist (the original Mikael Blomkvist). With Daniel Craig playing the part, Blomkvist was just as grim as Salander, which doesn't work, and he never seemed to be in any danger no matter what was happening. He's James Bond, for goodness sake.

I've written about the Millennium books and movies a few times before.


Anyway, I had my year in movies all planned.

First I was going to look forward to Underworld Awakening (which I wrote about here).

Then I was going to look forward to Dark Shadows (in May), then to Resident Evil Retribution (September), then to The Hobbit (December).

Well the problem is that the first Dark Shadows trailer has revealed that it is going to be (I find it difficult to face this even now) a... wacky comedy. It looks like a remake of Love at First Bite.

Sigh.

I'll still see it, of course. I've seen every movie Burton and Depp have made together, plus this one has Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloë Moretz, so I'd see it no matter what it was. But I'm not getting my hopes up.

So, I've changed my plan and now I'm looking forward to Prometheus (in June). Ridley Scott makes another movie about the Alien universe, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron? I'm there. Check out the trailer.

Then Resident Evil Retribution, definitely. This one may wrap it all up (based on indications in the first trailer), carrying through on hints from the last movie, including bringing back some of the best people from the earlier movies (Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr), despite the fact that their characters are (or were) dead. In the RE universe, death is not necessarily permanent, but it will be interesting to see where they're taking this. For a real geek analysis of the trailer, go here (though I can't believe they're confused about who the people dressed in white are – that's from the end of the last movie, which wasn't really all that long ago).

Then The Hobbit. I probably don't have to tell you about that one. :-)


(Oh, and I admit I swiped the first two paragraphs up there from this post by Jo Eberhardt. Obviously, I only delayed this post so she wouldn't feel like she was the only one. :-) )

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10 Responses to movie news and plans

  1. Jo Eberhardt says:

    Ha! Thanks for making me feel like I’m not the only one to do crazy things. :)

  2. I recently saw the Dark Shadows trailer – which was clearly positioning the film as a comedy – and wondered what you thought of that. Comedy isn’t exactly what I thought of the old Dark Shadows (even if I only ever saw a small number of partial episodes).

    Still, I understand the creative direction. Dark Shadows as a Soap. Soaps thrive on melodrama. Melodrama, to today’s viewers, has developed a strong association with absurdity. Absurdity is, in essence, humorous. The leap from Soap Opera to Comedy is one I definitely get. But it didn’t look like something fans of the original would appreciate.

  3. Well, first of all, it could have been worse. If it had been anybody but Burton and Depp, the easy money-making course would have been to make it into another Twilight. So, at least we avoided that.

    The odd thing about that possibility is that on one hand it would have been the polar opposite of the show, where every romance ended in horror and disaster, but there would have been a logic, since without DS there would have been no Anne Rice vampire books, and without those there would have been no Twilight.

    So, we avoided that, at least. And if I object to this decision I have to admit that I’m not sure what I would have done instead. As you say, it was a soap opera, and I’m not sure what you could do with it in two hours. Even the original DS folks tried to make a movie out of it while the show was running, and all they could manage was a pretty standard vampire flick., with the same actors but none of the things that made the show what it was.

    And the show is still there, same as ever, all the episodes on DVD, and Big Finish in England continues to do excellent audio dramas with the original cast, continuing the story, so no complaints. And four key members of the original cast have cameos in the movie, so that will be fun

    Plus, that Prometheus trailer looks pretty awesome, huh?

  4. sonje says:

    I hope our friendship can still continue after I reveal that the only movie I’m looking forward to seeing this year is Pixar’s Brave. In my defense, I have two young daughters. :)

  5. Oh yes, Prometheus trailer looks quite sublimely awesome.

    Sadly, I don’t see many Rated-R movies these days, if any. (Laying off the Rated-R movies was kind of a personal spiritual decision; I make rare exceptions, but I’m going to have to come up with more of a consistent and principled argument than “it looks awesome” to justify seeing the movie to myself. I’m hoping I can do that…)

  6. Sonje: I hadn’t read that much about Brave, but it looks really cool. I’ll definitely see it. (And, no, I wouldn’t take young daughters — or sons — to a Resident Evil movie. :-) )

    Stephen: I just read a couple of things and you may have more current information than I do, but as far as I can tell the rating decision is not yet made. I’ve read in a couple of places that Scott has been making two version all along: an R-rated one (which is what he prefers) and a PG-13 one (because he knows the studio may demand it). Both versions will be screened for the studio big-wigs, and they’ll decide. If they decide on the PG-13, he’s ready (and then the R version is for the DVD).

  7. Interesting. Honestly, I just assumed it’d be R (being at lease loosely connected to the Alien franchise).

  8. The Huffington Post today confirms that the decision is not yet made.

    Smart of him to plan ahead for this situation. After all, with a film like this he didn’t have the option that Matthew Vaughn had when all the studios refused to make Kick-Ass the way it was written. You can’t make a huge scifi film with major stars on your own money. :-)

  9. sonje says:

    I just saw a trailer for Dark Shadows and it looks like a lot of fun. Of course, I don’t have any attachment to the original–I’ve only seen the merest bits and pieces of it. I think I’ll put it on my list of movies to see, although I probably won’t see it till it comes out on DVD because I am lazy and cheap LOL.

  10. It’s funny the things we like in that protective way. I like the Sherlock Holmes stories, but I’m not protective of the character. I have a friend who’s a Holmes fanatic, and I’ve advised her not to see the Robert Downey movies, but I quite enjoy them. I know some people reject the Lord of the Rings movies (which I really liked) because they don’t exactly follow the books. On the other hand, that’s one reason I really liked the Nero Wolfe TV series a few years ago — the episodes followed the stories almost exactly. Anything else would have really annoyed me.

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