As before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks.
- Watchmen (2009) – A superb example of why some material *should* be changed when being adapted to film. The awesome world building experience of the graphic novel didn’t work as well in the visual medium. Instead of being true to the work (out of respect, I’m sure) someone should have made the call to make the necessary changes. If you haven’t read the awesome graphic novel, subtract 1 star.
- Cypher (2002) – Artsy-looking futuristic corporate espionage. Deceptions within deceptions kept me alert even though the pacing was otherwise slow. But, man, it looked pretty.
- King Kong (2005) – Peter Jackson’s remake is way too long and, in some parts, overly dramatic. But the core story remains as entertaining as ever.
- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – Despite some minor consistency issues, this third outing returns to the glory of the original, bringing to the fore the Mutants vs. Humans ethical and social issues. Bonus points for not being afraid to kill off some characters.
- Monsters vs. Aliens 3D (2009) – Excellent animation (CGI human, even cartoon ones, look better with each successive film), cool 3D effects and a story that was good, but somehow lacked the magic of, say, a Pixar film.
- Lathe of Heaven (1980) – Cheesy special effects and dated late-70s filmmaking come darn close to squashing the powerful themes of Le Guin’s outstanding classic novel.
- Star Trek (2009) – Fantastic. This is everything a Trek film should be.