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Friday, June 17, 2005

Batman Begins, Movie Trailers, and NOISE!

I saw Batman Begins, Friday afternoon. It was every bit as good as I expected. The story, the acting, the action, the special effects...., everything was great. Except....., well, I'll get to that in a bit. Right now, let's talk about the trailers!

First, the Fantastic Four. Sorry, but I still have my doubts about the box office success of this movie. Personally, I think Dr. Doom looks....goofy. Believe it or not, I thought the Doc Doom costume, AND the makeup job/costume for the Thing both looked better in the early '90's flop (see "Summer Comic Book Movies" if you're wondering what I'm referring to). I mean, the argument could be made that Chiklis' Thing looks more like the earliest Kirby version, but I always preferred "Thing Classic," with the whole "rocky brow" thing going on, along with the exterior being more defined, and less of a "hide." Anyhoo, that's just me. I'll still see the movie, and will probably even try to see it on the big screen, which is the best way to see most comic book movies.

By far, however, the trailer that got me the most excited was War of The Worlds. I am SO ready to see this movie! It's not that I'm such a big Tom Cruise fan, though Far and Away is one of my all-time favorites. But, the story itself is just one of the most classic, scary tales ever. The special effects budget this movie appears to have had should do it justice. It looks to be exciting, and eye-popping. I have high hopes.

The Serenity trailer looked O.K., but I've never seen Joss Whedon's Firefly tv show, so I have no expectations. I don't really even plan on seeing it.

The Island trailer didn't do much for me, either. I understand it's a movie about clones. Like comics fans haven't had enough of THAT, in recent years. Bleh. (Now, I'll end up seeing it, and liking it.)

Then, there's The Dukes of Hazzard. I thought the T.V. show was a dog, even when I was kid. Think I'm gonna shell out my hard-earned green to see the movie? Nah. If it stays afloat, it'll do it without help from me.

Notice anything strange, here? Where are the original ideas coming out of Hollywood? Don't get me wrong; it's great to see the comic book movies coming to theaters, and I'm happy for Whedon's success, but ONE movie that's not a big-screen treatment of a property from another medium? I just find it a little disappointing. Of course, I hate the trend of bringing old T.V. shows to the big screen. We've seen way too much of it over the last few years, and the fact of the matter is, all of them didn't deserve it (Dukes of Hazzard, anyone?).

Don't even get me started on the big screen remake of The Honeymooners. Jackie Gleason may be turning over in his grave.

O.K., back to Batman Begins. Ready for my one and only complaint? It was too loud. Yeah, you heard me. This thing nearly blew me out of my seat more than once, and, at some points of the movie, the music and sound effects even managed to obscure some of the dialogue! I know, I know, some people are going say I sound like an old man. Well, get this; I have the same complaint with many dvds, as well. For a few years, now, I've been convinced that SOMEONE is going to make a fine chunk of change when they invent a home dvd player that allows viewers to turn up the dialogue, or turn down the music and special effects. Or both.

And, if you happen to be reading this, and you're the one who does it, remember my contribution to the creative process, would you?