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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 2)

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.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 2)

  1. I thought that X-Men: THe Last Stand was fantastic. It was big and loud and flashy and was the first one, I thought, that really FELT like an old X-Men comic.

    I thought that King Kong was wretched and rubbish. And the interesting thing, I thought….was that a lot of the things that DIDN’T work in King Kong were techniques he had also used in the Lord of the Rings. What it made me realize was that maybe a lot of the strength of the Lord of the Rings was almost in spite of Peter Jacskon. It’s an interesting thought.

    I haven’t sen any of the others. I REALLY wanna see Monsters vs. Aliens, but not as badly as I want to see “UP”. Pixar always wins. Just witness the piece of cinematic artwork that was “WALL-E”

  2. Luke Shea // May 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm //

    I thought that X3 was about as awful as it could be, given the set-up.  Everything good about it was reflected glory from the first two films, and everything else was garbage.  One of the most dissapointing film I have ever seen.  I expected so much, after the greatness of X2.

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